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Individual Investors and the Financial Crisis

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This paper studies the trading behavior of individual Chinese investors before and during the recent financial crisis. We have three major findings: (i) individual investors did not withdraw their capital from the equity market during the crisis; instead, they reduced investment more in the pre-crisis period, especially following portfolio gains; (ii) the net flow decisions were influenced by past positive returns, but not by past losses; the net flow patterns were consistent with the disposition effect, which was even stronger during the crisis; (iii) during the crisis, investors revised their portfolios to hold relatively safer and more liquid stocks, and this pattern is more evident for small investors.

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2014-01-01

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individual investors; financial crisis; net flows; disposition effect; portfolio holdings; JEL G01; JEL G11; JEL G15

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