Business ties generate private information for institutional investors related to a firm's 401(k) trustee. These investors strategically trade a bidder's stock around the announcement of a deal, reducing holdings ahead of value-destroying deals and increasing their positions before value-creating ones. Superior trading ability does not explain this behavior as these same investors do not exhibit similar trading behavior in firms with which they do not have a business tie.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Business ties
- Employee pension plans
- Mergers and acquisitions