Hillier, David and Marshall, Andrew (2002) Insider trading, tax-loss selling and the turn-of-the-year effect. International Review of Financial Analysis, 11 (1). pp. 73-84. ISSN 1057-5219Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
We examine the turn-of-the-year effect (January effect) in UK listed securities and find that it is significant but not persistent through time. In contrast to the US studies, equities of all sizes are affected. Although important, we reject the hypothesis that seasonalities in insider trading are the main determinant of the turn-of-the-year effect. In addition, the tax-loss selling hypothesis, which is commonly thought to be a cause of the January effect in the US, is tested with the April year-end for UK investors. We find evidence of excess abnormal share price returns. However, this does not impact upon excess abnormal share price returns in January. Our results are important because they provide an insight into stock return seasonality in the UK and reject some widely held beliefs on this issue.
|Keywords:||insider trading, January effect, tax-loss selling, financial management, taxation, Commerce, Finance, Economics and Econometrics|
|Subjects:||Social Sciences > Commerce|
|Department:||Strathclyde Business School > Accounting and Finance|
|Depositing user:||Strathprints Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||02 Mar 2008|
|Last modified:||29 Apr 2016 08:02|