Trading Opportunities and the Portfolio Choice of Institutional Investors
66 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2019 Last revised: 7 Feb 2021
Date Written: February 5, 2021
This paper studies the portfolio choice of institutional investors with short holding horizons. Theoretically, only short-horizon institutions can routinely profit from the temporary mispricing of a stock. Stocks that are more susceptible to temporary mispricing attract more demand from short-horizon institutions, which in turn increases the average price of these stocks and drives out demand from other investors. Empirically, I find that stocks held more by short-horizon institutions have lower expected returns and provide more short-term trading opportunities, as my model predicts. My results demonstrate how institutional investors with different holding horizons allocate their capital and affect stock returns.
Keywords: institutional investor, investment horizon, mispricing, performance
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14
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