Inside insider trading

Acar Tamersoy, Bo Xie, Stephen L. Lenkey, Bryan R. Routledge, Duen Horng Chau, Shamkant B. Navathe
2013 Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining - ASONAM '13  
How do company insiders trade? Do their trading behaviors differ based on their roles (e.g., CEO vs. CFO)? Do those behaviors change over time (e.g., impacted by the 2008 market crash)? Can we identify insiders who have similar trading behaviors? And what does that tell us? This work presents the first academic, large-scale exploratory study of insider filings and related data, based on the complete Form 4 fillings from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). We analyzed 12 million
more » ... ansactions by 370 thousand insiders spanning 1986 to 2012, the largest reported in academia. We explore the temporal and network-centric aspects of the trading behaviors of insiders, and make surprising and counter-intuitive discoveries. We study how the trading behaviors of insiders differ based on their roles in their companies, the transaction types, the company sectors, and their relationships with other insiders. Our work raises exciting research questions and opens up many opportunities for future studies. Most importantly, we believe our work could form the basis of novel tools for financial regulators and policymakers to detect illegal insider trading, help them understand the dynamics of the trades and enable them to adapt their detection strategies towards these dynamics.
doi:10.1145/2492517.2500288 dblp:conf/asunam/TamersoyXLRCN13 fatcat:ntrnom2mlvcktah2eilqklnxte