Does Disposition Drive Momentum?
23 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2005
Date Written: March 15, 2005
We test the hypothesis that the dispositon effect is a behavioral bias that drives stock price momentum. Using data from a large Shanghai brokerage firm, we estimate the magnitude of the disposition effect for a sample of 13,460 Chinese investors and firms. We find that a large majority of Chinese investors exhibit the disposition effect. An investor's disposition coefficient estimated with one year of data forecasts that investor's disposition effect and investment performance in subsequent years. More disposition-prone investors tend to trade less frequently and in smaller sizes than other investors. While past returns do not forecast future returns in our relatively short sample of Shanghai Stock Exchange stocks, sorting stocks by the net unrealized gains or losses of disposition-prone investors generates a statistically significant winner/loser spread of seven percent per year. Our results suggest that disposition does indeed drive momentum.
Keywords: Disposition, momentum
JEL Classification: G12, G11
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