Talking up Liquidity: Insider Trading and Investor Relations

Harrison G. Hong, Ming Huang
2002 Social Science Research Network  
Managements ("insiders") of many corporations, especially small or newly-public firms, invest considerable resources in investor relations. We develop a model to explore the incentives of insiders to undertake such costly investments. We point out that insiders may undertake such investments not necessarily to improve the share price, but to enhance the liquidity of their block of shares. This leads to a divergence of interest between insiders and dispersed outside shareholders regarding
more » ... rs regarding investor relations. Our model predicts that the demographics of insiders (e.g. liquidity needs, size of equity stakes) are important determinants of the extent of investor relations across firms. JEL Classification: G0; G3
doi:10.2139/ssrn.354383 fatcat:chzrzz4qcbey3nwt7n7w6vwwyu