Demand for Lotteries: The Choice between Stocks and Options
54 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2017 Last revised: 10 Dec 2020
Date Written: June 28, 2018
The literature has demonstrated that stocks with skewness-like characteristics – lotteryness– are the target of a type of investors willing to pay a premium to achieve exposure to skewness. We show that only stocks without options written on them have the potential to attract skewness-seeking investors; furthermore, out-of-the-money options are the dominant security with lottery characteristics for skewness investors. Finally, we find evidence that suggests that skewness-seeking in out-of-the money options ist driven mainly by retail investors, while average negative returns in at-the- money options seem to be linked to the covered-call strategies of mutual funds.
Keywords: Lottery-payoffs, Option Trading, Lottery Stocks
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14, G32
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