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Visibility, Institutional Preferences, and Agency Considerations
Faculty Publications
  • Lucy F. Ackert, Kennesaw State University
  • George Athanassakos, University of Western Onterio
Department
Economics, Finance, & Quantitative Analysis
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
12-1-2001
Abstract

We show that market frictions and agency considerations are important concerns when institutional investors make portfolio allocation decisions. For a sample of widely followed firms, institutional holdings increase with increases in visibility as measured by the number of analysts following the firm. We also report a significant seasonal pattern in institutional holdings consistent with the gamesmanship hypothesis, which asserts that institutions rebalance their portfolios in response to agency considerations. Finally, we find that excess returns are highly seasonal with performance, deteriorating when the following by financial analysts increases. "Followed" firms actually exhibit inferior market performance over the 1981-1996 sample period.

Citation Information
Ackert, Lucy; Athanassakos, George. "Visibility, Institutional Preferences and Agency Considerations." Journal of Psychology & Financial Markets 2, no. 4 (December 2001): 190.