I thank Arabinda Basistha, Alexei Egorov, Grigori Erenburg, Arnie Cowan (the editor) and two anonymous referees for helpful comments and suggestions. I am also grateful to the staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) for providing data. This work was supported by a summer research grant from the College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University.
Investor Sentiment, Trading Behavior and Informational Efficiency in Index Futures Markets
Article first published online: 25 JAN 2008
2008, The Eastern Finance Association
Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 107–127, February 2008
How to Cite
Kurov, A. (2008), Investor Sentiment, Trading Behavior and Informational Efficiency in Index Futures Markets. Financial Review, 43: 107–127. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6288.2007.00188.x
- Issue published online: 25 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 25 JAN 2008
- feedback trading;
- investor sentiment;
- informational efficiency;
- market microstructure;
- futures markets
This paper shows that traders in index futures markets are positive feedback traders—they buy when prices increase and sell when prices decline. Positive feedback trading appears to be more active in periods of high investor sentiment. This finding is consistent with the notion that feedback trading is driven by expectations of noise traders. Consistent with the noise trading hypothesis, order flow in index futures markets is less informative when investors are optimistic. Transitory volatility measured at high frequencies also appears to decline in periods of bullish sentiment, suggesting that sentiment-driven trading increases market liquidity.