The profitability of herding: evidence from Taiwan

Chun-Da Chen (Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, USA)
Riza Demirer (Department of Economics & Finance, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois, USA)

Managerial Finance

ISSN: 0307-4358

Publication date: 9 July 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to show that the level of herding in an industry can be the basis for a profitable investment strategy.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors apply three different herding measures in the paper, including cross-sectional standard deviation, cross-sectional absolute deviation and non-linear model – state–space model.

Findings

The authors find that industries that experience a high level of herding yield higher subsequent returns regardless of their past performance. Consequently, the authors show that a herding-based investment strategy generates significant profits, even after adjusting for risk. The findings also show that the herding effect when combined with past performance as part of a conditional investment strategy yields significant profits regardless of the formation and holding periods. The findings suggest that the level of herding could serve as a systematic driver of returns and could be exploited for profitable investment strategies.

Originality/value

To the best of authors’ knowledge, this is the first study in the literature to show that herding by itself can serve as a determinant of returns regardless of past performance.

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Citation

Chen, C. and Demirer, R. (2018), "The profitability of herding: evidence from Taiwan", Managerial Finance, Vol. 44 No. 7, pp. 919-934. https://doi.org/10.1108/MF-12-2016-0357

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