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Disposition effect and multi-asset market dynamics

Heba M. Ezzat (Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt)

Review of Behavioral Finance

ISSN: 1940-5979

Article publication date: 18 June 2019

Issue publication date: 24 June 2019




Asset pricing dynamics in a multi-asset framework when investors’ trading exhibits the disposition effect is studied. The purpose of this paper is to explore asset pricing dynamics and the switching behavior among multiple assets.


The dynamics of complex financial markets can be best explored by following agent-based modeling approach. The artificial financial market is populated with traders following two heterogeneous trading strategies: the technical and the fundamental trading rules. By simulation, the switching behavior among multiple assets is investigated.


The proposed framework can explain important stylized facts in financial time series, such as random walk price dynamics, bubbles and crashes, fat-tailed return distributions, absence of autocorrelation in raw returns, persistent long memory of volatility, excess volatility, volatility clustering and power-law tails. In addition, asset returns possess fractal structure and self-similarity features; though the switching behavior is only allowed among the asset markets.

Practical implications

The model demonstrates stylized facts of most real financial markets. Thereafter, the proposed model can serve as a testbed for policy makers, scholars and investors.


To the best of knowledge, no research has been conducted to introduce the disposition effect to a multi-asset agent-based model.



Ezzat, H.M. (2019), "Disposition effect and multi-asset market dynamics", Review of Behavioral Finance, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 144-164.



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