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Does investor personality moderate the relationship between information sources and trading behavior? Evidence from Chinese stock market

Muhammad Zubair Tauni (School of Accounting, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Dalian, China)
Zia-ur-Rehman Rao (Institute of Business and Management, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan)
Hong-Xing Fang (School of Accounting, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Dalian, China)
Minghao Gao (University of Westminster, London, UK)

Managerial Finance

ISSN: 0307-4358

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of the key sources of information, namely, financial advice, word-of-mouth communication and specialized press, on trading behavior of Chinese stock investors. The study also analyzed if the association between the key sources of information and trading behavior is influenced by investor personality.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors adopted the Big Five personality framework and examined the survey results of individual stock investors (n=541) in China. Personality traits of investors were measured by the NEO-Five Factor Inventory (Costa and McCrae, 1989). The authors performed probit regression analysis to evaluate the moderating influence of investor personality traits on the association between sources of information and stock trading behavior.

Findings

The results of the study confirm the previous findings that the key sources of information used by investors as a foundation of their financial choices have a significant influence on their trading behavior. The study also provides empirical evidence that investor personality traits moderate the relationship between the key sources of information and trading behavior. Financial advisors tend to increase the frequency of trading in investors with openness, extraversion, neuroticism and agreeableness personality traits, and tend to decrease the intensity of trading in investors with conscientiousness trait. On the other hand, financial information acquired from word-of-mouth communication is more likely to enhance trading frequency in extraverted and agreeable investors, and is more likely to reduce trading frequency in investors with openness, conscientiousness and neuroticism traits. Finally, the use of specialized press leads to more adjustment in portfolios of the investors with openness and conscientiousness traits than those with other personality traits. An alternative mediated model was not supported.

Originality/value

This research contributes to information search literature and behavioral finance literature and provides empirical evidence that the psychological characteristics of investors are significant predictors of the variations in information-trading link. The study offers new theoretical insights of investors’ behavior due to the characteristics of Chinese stock market which are unique from other stock markets in the world. To the authors’ best knowledge, no previous study has been conducted so far in Chinese stock market to explore variations with regards to the impact of the key sources of information on trading behavior by the Big Five investor personality and this paper seeks to fill this gap.

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Citation

Tauni, M.Z., Rao, Z.-u., Fang, H.-X. and Gao, M. (2017), "Does investor personality moderate the relationship between information sources and trading behavior? Evidence from Chinese stock market", Managerial Finance, Vol. 43 No. 5, pp. 545-566. https://doi.org/10.1108/MF-08-2015-0231

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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