The Information Content of Investors' Expectations for Risk and Return

Quarterly Journal of Finance, Vol. 3, No. 3 & 4, 2013.

33 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2013 Last revised: 1 Jul 2014

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Thomas Berry

DePaul University – Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

Keith Jacks Gamble

Middle Tennessee State University

Date Written: September 12, 2013

Abstract

This study reveals the information content of individual investors’ risk-adjusted return expectations. Although individual investors overestimate the performance of their stock purchases on average, the cross-sectional variation in their risk-adjusted return expectations is predictive of future risk-adjusted stock performance. Stock purchases that investors expect to outperform the most do outperform the stock purchases that investors expect to outperform the least by an annualized alpha of 16%. The best performing stocks are those that investors with excellent experience expect to outperform the most while the worst performing stocks are those that investors with limited experience expect to outperform the least. The most experienced investors appear to be successfully using information gathered from personal experience with the company's products or services, contact with someone who works for or with the company on a regular basis, and proximity to the company's operations.

Keywords: individual investors, overconfidence, expectations, risk and return

JEL Classification: G11, G14

Suggested Citation

Berry, Thomas and Gamble, Keith Jacks, The Information Content of Investors' Expectations for Risk and Return (September 12, 2013). Quarterly Journal of Finance, Vol. 3, No. 3 & 4, 2013., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2325074 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2325074

Thomas Berry

DePaul University – Kellstadt Graduate School of Business ( email )

1 East Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

Keith Jacks Gamble (Contact Author)

Middle Tennessee State University ( email )

MTSU Box 27
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
United States

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