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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Carlo Sommavilla

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E-Mail: carlo.sommavilla@usi.ch

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June 2017The Relevance of Broker Networks for Information Diffusion in the Stock Market
with Marco Di Maggio, Francesco Franzoni, Amir Kermani: w23522
This paper shows that the network of relationships between brokers and institutional investors shapes the information diffusion in the stock market. We exploit trade-level data to show that central brokers gather information by executing informed trades, which is then leaked to their best clients. We show that after large informed trades, a significantly higher volume of other institutional investors execute similar trades through the same broker, allowing them to capture higher returns in the first few days after the initial trade. In contrast, we find that when the informed asset manager is affiliated with the broker, such imitation does not occur. Similarly, we show that the clients of the broker employed by activist investors to execute their trades tend to buy the same stocks just bef...
 
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