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Sooner or Later: An Analysis of the Delays in Insider Trading Reporting

André Betzer and Erik Theissen ()

Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 2010, vol. 37, issue 1‐2, 130-147

Abstract: Abstract: Until October 2004, corporate insiders in Germany were required to report trades in the shares of their firm ‘without delay’. Yet in practice, substantial reporting delays were common. We show that the delays are related systematically to the characteristics of the firm. Delays are longer in firms with dispersed ownership and in firms using German accounting standards. This suggests that managers of these firms are less responsive to the informational requirements of the capital market. We further find that abnormal returns after the reporting date of an insider trade are independent of the reporting delay. This implies that prices are distorted in the period between the insider trading and the reporting date. This is a strong point in favour of regulations that require and enforce the immediate disclosure of insider trades.

Date: 2010
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