Investor-herding and risk-profiles: a State-Space model-based assessment

Harmindar B. Nath, Robert D. Brooks

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Abstract

This paper, using the Australian stock market data, examines the investor-herding and risk-profiles link that has implications for asset pricing, portfolio diversification and foreign investments. As investors may herd towards a specific factor, sector or style to combat market conditions for optimizing investment returns, examining such herding can reveal investors' risk profiles. We employ State-Space models for extracting time series of herd dynamics and the proportion of signal explained by herding (PoSEH). The possibility of a leverage effect between market returns and volatility and its implications are discussed. The change in market volatility strengthens PoSEH; its impact is maximum on high return days of stocks. Quantile regression analysis shows that herding and adverse herding can emerge during the worst and best performance days of stock returns, but extreme uncertainty can bring both herding behaviours to a near halt. The study reveals the presence of a regulated stock market environment and the change in volatility and risk-aversion as the determinants of herding behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101383
Number of pages22
JournalPacific Basin Finance Journal
Volume62
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Herd behaviour
  • Leverage effect
  • Quantile regression
  • Risk aversion
  • State-Space models

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