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Well-connected short-sellers pay lower loan fees: A market-wide analysis

Fernando Chague (), Rodrigo De-Losso, Alan De Genaro and Bruno Giovannetti ()

Journal of Financial Economics, 2017, vol. 123, issue 3, 646-670

Abstract: High loan fees generate short-selling constraints and, therefore, reduce price efficiency. Despite the importance of loan fees, empirical evidence on their determinants is scarce. Using a market-wide deal-by-deal data set on the Brazilian equity lending market which uniquely identifies borrowers, brokers, and lenders, we are able to construct a proxy of search costs at the borrower–stock–day level. We find that—for the same stock, on the same day—borrowers with higher search costs pay significantly higher loan fees. Our results suggest that regulators should encourage the use of a centralized lending platform to reduce search costs in the lending market.

Keywords: Loan fees; Short-selling restrictions; Search costs; Equity lending market; Opaque markets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D83 G12 G14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jfineco.2016.12.011

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