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  • Heiko Jacobs, Sebastian Müller: Anomalies Across the Globe: Once Public, No Longer Existent?. In: Journal of Financial Economics, forthcoming (2018). doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfineco.2019.06.004 Full text Citation Details
    Anomalies Across the Globe: Once Public, No Longer Existent?

    Abstract

    Motivated by McLean and Pontiff (2016), we study the pre- and post-publication return predictability of 241 cross-sectional anomalies in 39 stock markets. Based on more than two million anomaly country-months, we nd that the United States is the only country with a reliable post-publication decline in long/short returns. Collectively, our meta-analysis of return predictors suggests that barriers to arbitrage trading may create segmented markets and that anomalies tend to represent mispricing rather than data mining.

  • Heiko Jacobs, Sebastian Müller: ...And Nothing Else Matters? On the Dimensionality and Predictability of International Stock Returns. 2018. doi:10.2139/ssrn.2845306 Full text Citation Details
    ...And Nothing Else Matters? On the Dimensionality and Predictability of International Stock Returns

    Abstract

    We use the information contained in 161 cross-sectional trade signals to explore the multidimensionality and predictability of individual stock returns in five international markets (North America, Europe, Pacific, Japan, and Emerging Markets). All markets are highly dimensional, but the most important return predictors differ across regions. Exploiting these characteristics, a single globally diversified high-dimensioned long/short return forecast strategy realizes a monthly value-weighted four-factor alpha of 1.9% and an annualized Sharpe ratio of 3.4. Collectively, these results add to our understanding of market integration, data mining, and the degree of informational efficiency of global stock markets.

  • Heiko Jacobs: Beta and Biased Beliefs. 2016. doi:10.2139/ssrn.2798156 Full text Citation Details
    Beta and Biased Beliefs

    Abstract

    Relying on more than 120 million firm days from 29 stock markets, I provide evidence for the conjecture that the puzzling beta anomaly is the result of mispricing partly caused by investors' errors and biased beliefs. First, long/short return spreads across the globe are several times larger surrounding earnings announcements. Second, the anomaly is largely explained by a composite local mispricing factor. Third, local sentiment positively predicts abnormal returns. Fourth, the anomaly is concentrated in excessively traded stocks. Further in line with behavioral theories, my results tend to be strongest for small firms and the short leg of the portfolio.

  • Heiko Jacobs: Market Maturity and Mispricing. In: Journal of Financial Economics, Vol 2016 No 122, p. 270-287. doi:10.1016/j.jfineco.2016.01.030 Full text Citation Details
    Market Maturity and Mispricing

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    Relying on the Stambaugh, Yu, and Yuan (2015) mispricing score and on 45 countries between 1994 and 2013, I document economically meaningful and statistically significant cross-sectional stock return predictability around the globe. In contrast to the widely held belief, mispricing associated with the 11 long/short anomalies underlying the composite ranking measure appears to be at least as prevalent in developed markets as in emerging markets. Additional support for this conjecture is obtained, among others, from tests for biased expectations based on the behavior of anomaly spreads surrounding earnings announcements as well as from within-country variation in development.

  • Alexander Hillert; Heiko Jacobs; Sebastian Müller: Media Makes Momentum. In: Review of Financial Studies, Vol 2014 No 27, p. 3467-3501. doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/rfs/hhu061 Full text Citation Details
    Media Makes Momentum

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    Relying on 2.2 million articles from 45 national and local U.S. newspapers between 1989 and 2010, we find that firms particularly covered by the media exhibit ceteris paribus significantly stronger momentum. The effect depends on article tone, reverses in the long-run, is more pronounced for stocks with high uncertainty, and stronger in states with high investor individualism. Our findings suggest that media coverage can exacerbate investor biases, leading return predictability to be strongest for firms in the spotlight of public attention. These results collectively lend credibility to an overreaction-based explanation for the momentum effect.

  • Heiko Jacobs, Alexander Hillert: Alphabetic Bias, Investor Recognition, and Trading Behavior. In: Review of Finance, Vol 2016 No 20, p. 693-723. doi:10.1093/rof/rfv060 Full text Citation Details
    Alphabetic Bias, Investor Recognition, and Trading Behavior

    Abstract

    Extensive research has revealed that alphabetical name ordering tends to provide an advantage to those positioned in the beginning of an alphabetical listing. This paper is the first to explore the implications of this alphabetic bias in financial markets. We find that U.S. stocks that appear near the top of an alphabetical listing have about 5% to 15% higher trading activity and liquidity than stocks that appear towards the bottom. The magnitude of these results is negatively related to firm visibility and investor sophistication. International evidence and fund flows further indicate that ordering effects can affect trading activity and liquidity.

  • Heiko Jacobs, Martin Weber: The Trading Volume Impact of Local Bias: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. In: Review of Finance, Vol 2012 No 16, p. 867-901. doi:10.1093/rof/rfr022 Full text Citation Details
    The Trading Volume Impact of Local Bias: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

    Abstract

    Exploiting several regional holidays in Germany as a source of exogenous cross-sectional variation in investor attention, we provide evidence that the well-known local bias at the individual level materially affects stock turnover at the firm level. The German setting offers favorable characteristics for this natural experiment. Stocks of firms located in holiday regions are temporarily strikingly less traded, both in statistical and economic terms, than otherwise very similar stocks in non-holiday regions. This negative turnover shock is robust and survives various tests for cross-sectional differences in information release. It is particularly pronounced in stocks less visible to non-local investors, and for smaller stocks disproportionately driven by retail investors. Our findings contribute to research on local bias, determinants of trading activity and limited attention.

  • Heiko Jacobs, Martin Weber: On the Determinants of Pairs Trading Profitability. In: Journal of Financial Markets, Vol 2015 No 23, p. 75-97. doi:10.1016/j.finmar.2014.12.001 Full text Citation Details
    On the Determinants of Pairs Trading Profitability

    Abstract

    We perform a large-scale empirical analysis of pairs trading, a popular relative-value arbitrage approach. We start with a cross-country study of 34 international stock markets and uncover that abnormal returns are a persistent phenomenon. We then construct a comprehensive U.S. data set to explore the sources behind the puzzling profitability in more depth. Our findings indicate that the type of news leading to pair divergence, the dynamics of investor attention as well as the dynamics of limits to arbitrage are important drivers of the strategy's time-varying performance.

  • Heiko Jacobs; Sebastian Müller; Martin Weber: How should individual investors diversify? An empirical evaluation of alternative asset allocation policies. In: Journal of Financial Markets, Vol 2014 No 19, p. 62-85. doi:10.1016/j.finmar.2013.07.004 Full text Citation Details
    How should individual investors diversify? An empirical evaluation of alternative asset allocation policies

    Abstract

    This paper evaluates numerous diversification strategies as a possible remedy against widespread costly investment mistakes of individual investors. Our results reveal that a very broad range of simple heuristic allocation schemes offers similar diversification gains as well-established or recently developed portfolio optimization approaches. This holds true for both international diversification in the stock market and diversification over different asset classes. We thus suggest easy-to-implement allocation guidelines for individual investors.

  • Heiko Jacobs: What Explains the Dynamics of 100 Anomalies?. In: Journal of Banking and Finance, Vol 2015 No 57, p. 65-85. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbankfin.2015.03.006 Full text Citation Details
    What Explains the Dynamics of 100 Anomalies?

    Abstract

    Are anomalies strongest when investor sentiment or limits of arbitrage are considered to be greatest? We empirically explore these theoretically deducted predictions. We first identify, categorize, and replicate 100 long-short anomalies in the cross-section of expected equity returns. We then comprehensively study their interaction with popular proxies for time-varying market-level sentiment and arbitrage conditions. We find a powerful (relatively weak) role of the variation in proxies for sentiment (arbitrage constraints). In this context, the predictive power of sentiment is mostly restricted to the short leg of strategy returns. Our insights collectively suggest that the dynamics of sentiment combined with the base level (and not primarily the variations) of limits to arbitrage provide at least a partial explanation for inefficiencies.

  • Heiko Jacobs, Martin Weber: Losing Sight of the Trees for the Forest? Attention Allocation and Anomalies. In: Quantitative Finance, Vol 2016 No 16, p. 1679-1693. doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/14697688.2016.1169311 Full text Citation Details
    Losing Sight of the Trees for the Forest? Attention Allocation and Anomalies

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    This paper tests asset pricing implications of the investor attention shift hypothesis proposed in theoretical work.We create a novel proxy for the dynamics of inattention towards firm-specific information and explore its impact on prominent return anomalies. As hypothesized and with all else equal, the proxy positively predicts the post-earnings-announcement drift as well as the profitability of pairs trading, and negatively predicts the success of momentum strategies. Taken together, our findings highlight the importance of time-varying investor attention allocation for the price discovery process.

  • Heiko Jacobs: The role of attention constraints for investor behavior and economic aggregates: what have we learnt so far?. In: Management Review Quarterly, Vol 2015 No 65, p. 217-237. doi:10.1007/s11301-015-0112-5 Full text Citation Details
    The role of attention constraints for investor behavior and economic aggregates: what have we learnt so far?

    Abstract

    Motivated by insights from psychology, a growing body of behavioral finance research highlights the importance of investors’ attention constraints. Collectively, this work suggests that time-series and cross-sectional variation in attention might not only materially affect the quality of market participants’ individual decision making, but eventually also matter for economic aggregates such as stock-level returns. While being notoriously difficult to measure, taking the role of human attention constraints into account might enable researchers to arrive at a better understanding of actual investor behavior as well as puzzling market phenomena, both of which are hard to reconcile with standard finance theory. Against this background, the goal of this paper is twofold. First, and with a focus on empirical work, it aims at providing a (necessarily selective) review, assessment, and synthesis of the research on limited investor attention. Second, it tries to identify gaps in the literature and to suggest fruitful directions for future research.

  • Heiko Jacobs; Alexander Hillert; Sebastian Müller: Journalist Disagreement. In: Journal of Financial Markets, Vol 2018 No 41, p. 57-76. doi:10.1016/j.finmar.2018.09.002 Full text Citation Details
    Journalist Disagreement

    Abstract

    By quantifying the tone of firm-specific articles in leading national newspapers between 1989 and 2010, we propose a bottom-up measure of aggregate journalist disagreement. In line with theoretical considerations, our novel high-frequency proxy for differences of opinion negatively forecasts the market return, in particular during recessions. Moreover, it has predictive power for the cross-section of stock returns. Collectively, our insights support asset pricing theories incorporating belief dispersion and highlight the role of the media in this context.

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