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Momentum in Imperial Russia

WFA 2016 Park City Meetings Paper

42 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2015 Last revised: 29 Jun 2017

William N. Goetzmann

Yale School of Management - International Center for Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Simon Huang

University of Connecticut - School of Business

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Date Written: June 26, 2017

Abstract

Some of the leading theories of momentum have different empirical predictions that depend on market composition and structure. The institutional theory predicts lower momentum profits in markets with less agency. Behavioral theories predict lower momentum profits in markets with more sophisticated investors. One risk-based theory predicts occasional momentum crashes. In this paper, we use a dataset from a major 19th century equity market to test these predictions. We find no evidence to support the institutional theory due to the lack of delegated management. We exploit a regulatory change in the middle of our sample period to test behavior theories. We find evidence consistent with overreaction theories of momentum. We find no evidence to support a rare disaster theory.

Keywords: Momentum, behavioral finance, capital flows, return predictability

JEL Classification: G12, G14, G23, N2

Suggested Citation

Goetzmann, William N. and Huang, Simon, Momentum in Imperial Russia (June 26, 2017). WFA 2016 Park City Meetings Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2663482 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2663482

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