Beyond the Random Walk : A Guide to Stock Market Anomalies and Low-Risk Investing

Beyond the Random Walk : A Guide to Stock Market Anomalies and Low-Risk Investing

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In an efficient market, all stocks should be valued at a price that is consistent with available information. But as financial expert Vijay Singal, Ph.D., CFA, points out, there are circumstances under which certain stocks sell at a price higher or lower than the right price. In Beyond the Random Walk, Singal discusses ten such anomalous prices and shows how investors might--or might not--be able to exploit these situations for profit. The author distills several decades of academic research into a focused discussion of market anomalies that is both accessible and useful to people with varied backgrounds. Past empirical evidence is supplemented with author's own research using more recent data. Anomalies covered include the qDecember Effect, q qMomentum in Industry Stocks, q qSaP 500 Index Changes, q qTrading by Insiders, q and qMerger Arbitrage.q In each chapter, the author describes the particular anomaly, explains how it occurs, shows ways to take advantage of the anomaly, and highlights the risks involved. We learn, for example, that shares of stocks that have appreciated in recent months become scarce in late December, because investors wait until January before they sell (to postpone payment of taxes on profits). This scarcity drives the price up--the qDecember Effectq--and smart buyers can make the equivalent of 75% annual return on a five-day investment. Each chapter includes suggestions for further reading as well as tables and graphs that support the discussion. The book concludes with a preview of many other interesting anomalies and a section on how investor behavior might influence prices. Clearly written and informative, this well-researched volume is a must read for investors, traders, market specialists, and students of financial markets.Currency risk has been accounted for in all of the evidence presented. So the existence of currency risk will not reduce the benefits of investing in foreign markets. Rather, the question is whether managing currency risk will improve the gainsanbsp;...

Title:Beyond the Random Walk : A Guide to Stock Market Anomalies and Low-Risk Investing
Author:Virginia Tech Vijay Singal J. Gray Ferguson Professor of Finance Pamplin College of Business
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2003-12-04


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