ETF Activity and Informational Efficiency of Underlying Securities
60 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2016 Last revised: 4 Sep 2019
Date Written: December 1, 2016
This paper investigates the effect of exchange-traded funds’ (ETF) activity on the short-run informational efficiency of their underlying securities. We find that ETF activity increases short-run informational efficiency for stocks with weak information environments. The increase in informational efficiency results from the timely incorporation of systematic earnings information. In contrast, we find no such effect for stocks with stronger information environments. ETF activity increases return co-movement, and this increase is partly attributable to the timely incorporation of systematic earnings information. Further, ETF activity is associated with an attenuation of post-earnings-announcement drift and an increase in active share lending.
Keywords: ETF, Information Efficiency
JEL Classification: G00, G12, G14, M41
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