Research paper: German mutual funds benefit from information in securities lending market

Securities Lending and Information Acquisition

Stefan Greppmair, University of Mannheim – Finance Area
Stephan Jank, Deutsche Bundesbank; University of Cologne – Centre for Financial Research (CFR)
Pedro A. C. Saffi, University of Cambridge – Judge Business School
Jason Sturgess, Queen Mary University of London

Date Written: May 19, 2020

Abstract
We show that mutual funds use information acquired by participating in the equity lending market to make portfolio allocation decisions. Using data from German mutual funds on their stock-level lending decisions, we find that funds lending shares are more likely to exit positions relative both to stocks that they do not lend and to funds that do not lend. Lenders also avoid losses by better timing the closure of long positions than for stocks they do not lend. Finally, we show information acquisition in the lending market allows lenders to front-run public disclosure of large short positions. The results suggest that the securities lending market provides a mechanism for mutual funds to acquire information.

The full paper is available at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3604977

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