50 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2017 Last revised: 10 Feb 2017
Date Written: February 9, 2017
Studies on how skilled short-sellers trade typically employ aggregate shorting volume. Unfortunately, aggregate shorting volume is polluted by shorting for hedging, long-short strategies, and liquidity supplying. Using a unique data set that tracks all short-sellers in Brazil at the deal-level, we are able to uncover the skilled short-sellers and study them in isolation. This is revealing. Skilled short-sellers are actually short-term momentum investors (as opposed to contrarian as suggested by aggregate shorting volume), a significant part of their skill comes from market-timing, they are proficient at choosing when to cover their positions and, unlike unskilled short-sellers, display no disposition effect.
Keywords: short-selling, skill, stock-picking, market-timing, disposition effect
JEL Classification: G12, G14
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Chague, Fernando and De-Losso, Rodrigo and Giovannetti, Bruno, Uncovering Skilled Short-Sellers (February 9, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2894507