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Gao, Kaijuan
Lin, Wanfa
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[Journal:] China Journal of Accounting Research [ISSN:] 1755-3091 [Volume:] 11 [Year:] 2018 [Issue:] 1 [Pages:] 51-70
Using a quasi-natural experiment, this study examines the effects of margin trading and short selling on bond yield spread in China. It finds that both margin trading and short selling can reduce bond yield spread. Additionally, it finds that margin trading lowers firms' debt ratios and increases their credit ratings, which explains the reduced spread. In other words, margin trading can impact investors' decisions by revealing positive information about a firm. Another finding is that short selling lowers the bond yield spread by decreasing earnings management, suggesting that short selling has an impact on investors' decisions through its effect on corporate governance. Our results suggest that margin trading transmits positive information and short selling impacts firms' policies. These results provide support for future regulations of margin trading and short selling.
Margin trading
Short selling
Bond yield spread
Information spillover
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