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Fear and Closed-End Fund Discounts

Seth Anderson, Thomas Beard, Hyeongwoo Kim () and Liliana Stern

No auwp2012-07, Auburn Economics Working Paper Series from Department of Economics, Auburn University

Abstract: Closed end fund (CEF) discounts have intrigued researchers for decades. Of the many explanations offered, the behavioural framework of Lee et al. (1991), which posits noise traders subject to sentiment, is the most discussed. In this article, we contribute some novel evidence to the evaluation of this theory by examining the role of implied market volatility (VIX, i.e., the ¡°fear index¡±) in fund discounts using a dynamic conditional correlation (DCC) approach. We find that VIX has almost no role in determining discounts except during periods of extreme market turbulence, providing strong but indirect evidence for the sentiment story.

Keywords: Closed-end fund; discount; investor sentiment; dynamic conditional correlation; multivariate GARCH (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C32 G01 G12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-10
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