Insider Trading and Networked Directors

Luc Renneboog, M. Goergen, Y. Zhao

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We analyze the relation between insider trading and the networks of executive and non-executive directors in UK listed companies. While most existing studies focus on firm-specific private information, we find that non-firm-specific information - such as information on other companies and information on industry and market trends - plays an important role in insider trading behavior and performance. Well-connected directors trade shares less frequently and for smaller values. However, their transactions are more profitable, especially when they make consecutive opportunistic purchases in multiple companies on whose boards they sit. Taken together, well-connected directors are likely to outperform their peers with inferior networks.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherCentER, Center for Economic Research
Number of pages47
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2018

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  • insider trading
  • director networks
  • network analysis
  • centrality
  • opoortunistic trading
  • routine trading


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