Who Is Afraid of BlackRock?

121 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2015 Last revised: 28 May 2020

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Massimo Massa

INSEAD - Finance

David Schumacher

McGill University

Yan Wang

McMaster University

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Date Written: May 25, 2020

Abstract

We exploit the merger between BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors to study how changes in expected ownership concentration affect the investment behavior of funds and the cross-section of stocks worldwide. We find that funds with open-end structures and a large exposure to commonly-held stocks begin avoiding these stocks following the merger announcement. This leads to a permanent change in the composition of institutional ownership and a negative price and liquidity impact. We confirm these results in a large sample of global asset management mergers. Our findings suggest that market participants act strategically in response to changes in expected financial fragility.

Keywords: Financial Fragility, Strategic Interactions, Asset Management Mergers

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14, G15, G23

Suggested Citation

Massa, Massimo and Schumacher, David and Wang, Yan, Who Is Afraid of BlackRock? (May 25, 2020). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2015/60/FIN. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2641078 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2641078

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