From views of hominine bounded rationalities, this paper argues the relationship between ordinal strategic risk and return with behavioral finance. Focusing on a different interest, this paper adopts a new conceptualization of risk and shows how this conceptualization leads to a new measure of strategic risk, based upon mental accounts and ordinal approach. A behavioral finance model is presented, in which strategic reference and risk attitudes are endogenously determined and influence risk-return performance. With the model, this paper tests the Bowman's risk-return paradox. The selected sample consists of 18 companies listed on the SHSE 50 stock market index. Results indicate that risk-seeking companies can strategically achieve sustainable high returns at low risk. We discuss the implications of these findings for our understanding of strategic risk based on the behavioral finance theories.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Behavioral finance began as an attempt to understand why financial markets react inefficiently to public information. One stream of behavioral finance examines how psychological forces induce traders and managers to make suboptimal decisions, and how these decisions affect market behavior. Another stream examines how economic forces might keep rational traders from exploiting apparent opportunities for profit. Behavioral finance remains controversial, but will become more widely accepted if it can predict deviations from traditional financial models without relying on too many "ad hoc" assumptions.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We study equilibrium firm-level stock returns in two economies: one in which investors are loss averse over the fluctuations of their stock portfolio, and another in which they are loss averse over the fluctuations of individual stocks that they own. Both approaches can shed light on empirical phenomena, but we find the second approach to be more successful: In that economy, the typical individual stock return has a high mean and excess volatility, and there is a large value premium in the cross section which can, to some extent, be captured by a commonly used multifactor model.
The Journal of Finance 07/2001; 56(4):1247 - 1292. DOI:10.1111/0022-1082.00367 · 4.22 Impact Factor
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