We examine the impact of CDS trading and the lifting of short sales restrictions on the profitability of reported insider trades within US financial firms. We find evidence that executive directors possess significant insider knowledge about their firm's risk prior to the initiation of CDS trading. We also find that the profitability of insider trades are only reduced for non-executive directors after short selling is permitted, indicating that the executive directors possess more timely private information than short-sellers. Our results suggest that the introduction of CDS trading and short selling distinctly alters the ability of different types of insiders to extract rent on their private information.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2018|