The Granular Nature of Large Institutional Investors

Management Science, Forthcoming

Charles A. Dice Center Working Paper No. 2015-09

Fisher College of Business Working Paper No. 2015-03-09

Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 15-67

97 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2015 Last revised: 8 Jul 2020

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Itzhak Ben-David

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Francesco A. Franzoni

Universita della Svizzera italiana (USI Lugano)

Rabih Moussawi

Villanova University - Department of Finance; University of Pennsylvania

John Sedunov

Villanova University - Department of Finance

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Date Written: June 30, 2020

Abstract

Large institutional investors own an increasing share of equity markets in the U.S. The implications of this development for financial markets are still unclear. The paper presents novel empirical evidence that ownership by large institutions predicts higher volatility and greater noise in stock prices, as well as greater fragility at times of crisis. When studying the channel, we find that large institutional investors exhibit traits of granularity, i.e., sub-units within a firm display correlated behavior, which reduces diversification of idiosyncratic shocks. Thus, large institutions trade larger volumes and induce greater price impact.

Keywords: Institutional investors, Concentration, Granularity, Fire Sales, Liquidity

JEL Classification: G01, G12, G23

Suggested Citation

Ben-David, Itzhak and Franzoni, Francesco A. and Moussawi, Rabih and Sedunov, John, The Granular Nature of Large Institutional Investors (June 30, 2020). Management Science, Forthcoming, Charles A. Dice Center Working Paper No. 2015-09, Fisher College of Business Working Paper No. 2015-03-09, Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 15-67, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2620271 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2620271

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Rabih Moussawi

Villanova University - Department of Finance ( email )

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