The Granular Nature of Large Institutional Investors

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Itzhak Ben-David

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Francesco A. Franzoni

USI Lugano; Swiss Finance Institute; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Rabih Moussawi

Villanova University - Department of Finance; University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

John Sedunov

Villanova University - Department of Finance

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Date Written: January 2019

Abstract

Large institutional investors own an increasing share of equity markets in the U.S. The implications of this development for financial markets are still unclear. The paper presents novel empirical evidence that ownership by large institutions predicts higher volatility and greater noise in stock prices, as well as more fragility at times of crisis. Evidence from a natural experiment suggests a causal interpretation of this effect. When studying the channel, we find that large institutional investors exhibit traits of granularity, i.e. subunits within a firm display correlated behavior, which reduces diversification of idiosyncratic shocks.

Keywords: Concentration, fire sales, granularity, institutional investors, liquidity

JEL Classification: G01, G12, G23

Suggested Citation

Ben-David, Itzhak and Franzoni, Francesco A. and Moussawi, Rabih and Sedunov, John, The Granular Nature of Large Institutional Investors (January 2019). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP13427. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3314045

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Rabih Moussawi

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John Sedunov

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