Does it Pay to Communicate with Firms? Evidence from Firm Site Visits of Mutual Funds

35 Pages Posted: 5 May 2017

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Shasha Liu

School of Management, Jinan University

Yunhao Dai

Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Formerly Tongi Medical University)

Dongmin Kong

Zhongnan University of Economics and Law

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Date Written: May/June 2017

Abstract

By using a unique dataset on mutual fund visits to listed firms in China, we investigate whether mutual funds are able to obtain private information or benefit from their communication with firms. Our findings are as follows: 1) such communication significantly increases the subsequent trading magnitude of mutual funds; 2) mutual fund trades that rely on communication significantly predict the unexpected earnings of visited firms, which is further supported by IV‐regressions that use the number of direct flights between two cities as the instrument of communication; and 3) comprehensiveness of communication topics and firms’ information environment significantly affect the benefits that mutual funds obtain from communication. Our results are robust to alternative measures and specifications, and provide insights for regulators who are concerned with fair disclosure.

Keywords: communication, mutual fund, information advantage, site visits

Suggested Citation

Liu, Shasha and Dai, Yunhao and Kong, Dongmin, Does it Pay to Communicate with Firms? Evidence from Firm Site Visits of Mutual Funds (May/June 2017). Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Vol. 44, Issue 5-6, pp. 611-645, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2962698 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jbfa.12232

Shasha Liu (Contact Author)

School of Management, Jinan University ( email )

No. 601, West Huangpu Road
Guangzhou, Guangdong 510632
China

Yunhao Dai

Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Formerly Tongi Medical University) ( email )

1037 Luoyu Rd
Wuhan, Hubei 430074
China

Dongmin Kong

Zhongnan University of Economics and Law ( email )

No.143, Wuluo Road
Wuhan, Hubei 430073
China

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