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Pekka Honkanen – Univ. of Georgia – Brown Bag Series
1 March 2021 @ 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
I study the market for lending and borrowing securities in the United States. I find that by making securities available for borrowing, mutual funds acquire information about short selling, which they exploit for trading. Funds with discretion in their investment choices rebalance their portfolios away from borrowed stocks, avoiding capital losses on stocks with decreasing prices. Funds also trade more aggressively on stocks with stronger signals. Finally, active funds charge lower lending fees than passive funds, consistent with funds paying for the information with lower fees.