Prime (Information) Brokerage
74 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2017 Last revised: 18 Oct 2019
Date Written: September 2, 2019
We show that hedge funds gain an information advantage from their prime broker banks regarding the banks’ corporate borrowers. The connected hedge funds make abnormally large trades in the stocks of borrowing firms prior to loan announcements, and these trades outperform other trades. The outperformance is particularly strong for trades of hedge funds that have high revenue potential for prime broker banks. These informed trades appear to be based on information not just about the loan itself but also about firms’ fundamentals such as future earnings. Finally, we find evidence suggesting that equity analysts inside the banks are one potential conduit of information transfer.
Keywords: Hedge Funds; Prime Brokers; Investment Banks; Informed Trading; Loan Originations
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14, G23
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