Industry-Based Style Investing
35 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2013 Last revised: 16 Nov 2017
Date Written: August 1, 2013
Motivated by the style-investing model of Barberis and Shleifer (2003), we examine the industry-wide investment decisions of retail investors. We find that retail investor industry demand is highly correlated and strongly related to past industry returns. Moreover, industries heavily bought by retail investors over the past year significantly underperform industries heavily sold over the subsequent year. Similarly, stocks in industries heavily bought by retail investors underperform stocks in industries heavily sold, even after controlling for firm-level demand. Our results suggests that industry-wide categorization influences the investment decisions of retail investors and has a significant impact on asset prices.
Keywords: Retail Investors, Style Investing, Industry, Asset Pricing
JEL Classification: G10, G12
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