The Impact of Standard Setting on Individual Investors: Evidence From SFAS 109
62 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2018 Last revised: 13 Apr 2020
Date Written: February 2020
We examine the response of individual investors to firms’ adoptions of SFAS 109–Accounting for Income Taxes. We predict SFAS 109 (as compared to APB 11) provides new decision-useful information, reducing the information disadvantage of individual investors relative to more sophisticated investors. Using monthly individual investor stock holdings data and staggered firm adoptions of SFAS 109, we provide evidence that individual investors increased their holdings in firms more affected by the new accounting standard. The increases are concentrated among less sophisticated individual investors. We further provide evidence that the increased demand among individual investors following SFAS 109 adoption is concentrated in firms with substantive improvements to disclosure and those with a concurrent decrease in analyst forecast dispersion. Our findings highlight the importance of evaluating how improved accounting standards can benefit a key stakeholder of the SEC and FASB: individual investors.
Keywords: SFAS 109, Standard Setting, Individual Investors, Deferred Taxes, Tax Footnote
JEL Classification: G11, M40, M41
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