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The investor behavior and futures market volatility: A theory and empirical study based on the OLG model and high‐frequency data

Yun Wang (Securities Research Institute, Huaxi Securities Co., Ltd, Shenzhen, China)
Renhai Hua (School of Finance, Nanjing University of Finance & Economics, Nanking, China)
Zongcheng Zhang (School of Economics, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China)

China Finance Review International

ISSN: 2044-1398

Article publication date: 9 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine whether the futures volatility could affect the investor behavior and what trading strategy different investors could adopt when they meet different information conditions.

Design/methodology/approach

This study introduces a two‐period overlapping generation model (OLG) model into the future market and set the investor behavior model based on the future contract price, which can also be extended to complete and incomplete information. It provides the equilibrium solution and uses cuprum tick data in SHFE to conduct the empirical analysis.

Findings

The two‐period OLG model based on the future market is consistent with the practical situation; second, the sufficient information investors such as institutional adopt reversal trading patterns generally; last, the insufficient information investors such as individual investors adopt momentum trading patterns in general.

Research limitations/implications

Investor trading behavior is always an important issue in the behavioral finance and market supervision, but the related research is scarce.

Practical implications

The conclusion shows that the investors' behavior in Chinese future market is different from the Chinese stock market.

Originality/value

This study empirically analyzes and verifies the different types of trading strategies investors could; investors such as institutional ones adopt reversal trading patterns generally; while investors such as individual investors adopt momentum trading patterns in general.

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Citation

Wang, Y., Hua, R. and Zhang, Z. (2011), "The investor behavior and futures market volatility: A theory and empirical study based on the OLG model and high‐frequency data", China Finance Review International, Vol. 1 No. 4, pp. 388-407. https://doi.org/10.1108/20441391111167496

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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