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The Impact of Heterogeneous Signals on Stock Price Predictability in a Rational Expectations Model

Winter, Christoph. (2018) The Impact of Heterogeneous Signals on Stock Price Predictability in a Rational Expectations Model. WWZ Working Papers, 2018 (21). Basel.

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Abstract

Through extending a standard Grossman and Stiglitz (1980) noisy rational expecta- tions economy by a heterogeneous signal structure with signal-specic dierences in uncertainty, we show that price momentum as well as reversal are not intrinsically at odds with rational behavior. Dierences in information quality in combination with asymmetric information lead to an under- and over-reaction in equilibrium prices. We derive our results in a standard setup in which information asymmetry is mimicked by access to the realization of a certain signal including its quality, as well as in an environment in which signal quality is the only source of information asymmetry. Both scenarios support price patterns like momentum and reversal in a competitive rational expectations equilibrium without implying investor irrational- ity. Furthermore, we are able to show that in equilibrium it is always rational for agents to draw inference on their information sets, even in a "second-best" way. By "second best", we refer to the notion that the way in which agents process their in- formation might result in systematic mistakes owing to the existence of asymmetric information regarding signal precision.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Finanzmanagement (Gantenbein)
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UniBasel Contributors:Winter, Christoph
Item Type:Working Paper
Publisher:WWZ
Number of Pages:59
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Discussion paper / Internet publication
Language:English
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  • handle: RePEc:bsl:wpaper:2018/21
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