Executives’ Legal Records and Insider Trading Activities
40 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2017
Date Written: December 2016
We examine how and why insider trading varies across senior executives and their firms. As predicted, the profitability of both purchases and sales are higher for “recordholder” executives (those who have a record of legal infractions), than for other “non-recordholder” executives at the same firms. The profitability of recordholder executives’ purchases and sales decrease significantly with proxies for strong information and governance environments, suggesting that recordholders have a relatively higher propensity to exploit inside information given the opportunity. Finally, our classification of executives (recordholder status) can predict future firm returns and firm-specific news and information events.
Keywords: Legal infractions, insider trading; capital market information
JEL Classification: G30; G34; G38
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