Does director trading change the information environment?

Millicent Chang, Xiaolin Qian, Jing Yu, Yvonne See

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Investigating ASX300 firms for the period 2002–2010, we find that the information content of director trading has a negative relationship with post-trade information asymmetry, but a positive relationship with information efficiency. These results are mainly driven by director purchases rather than their sales, and are stronger in non-executive director trading. Our results are robust to the adoption of IFRS in 2005 and the global financial crisis in 2008. These findings back the claims of insider trading proponents, by showing that director trading plays a crucial role in reducing information asymmetry and in improving information efficiency for stock market participants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-229
Number of pages25
JournalAustralian Journal of Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


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