American Disclosure Options
60 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2023
Date Written: November 29, 2023
We study strategic disclosure timing by correlated firms in the presence of risk-averse investors. Firms delay disclosures in the hope that positively correlated firms will announce especially good news and lift their own price. Risk premia rise before disclosures, drop when disclosures occur, and then rise again. Conditional risk premia can be much larger than unconditional risk premia. Disclosures are always good news, but disclosures that are only moderately good news induce clustering of disclosures by other positively correlated firms. We present evidence of strategic behavior in earnings announcement timing as predicted by the model.
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