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Risky Value

This paper uses an accounting-based approach to identify growth characteristics that can help explain equity returns at the country level for a sample of 30 countries over the past two decades.

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Credit Markets and Financial Information

Lakshmanan Shivakumar, Oktay Urcan, Florin P.

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Corporate Governance, Accounting Outcomes and Organizational Performance

The purpose of this paper is to start the process of developing reliable and valid measures to assess how corporate governance affects corporate performance.

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Asset Reliability and Security Prices Evidence From Credit Markets

This paper explores the relation between the reliability of an enterprise’s accounting and its security prices.

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Buyback Derangement Syndrome

Winner of an “Outstanding Article” award in the 20th Annual Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Awards. A seemingly large amount of stock buybacks in recent years has prompted many to claim that buybacks have come at the expense of new investment. Our latest paper shows why neither the theory nor the evidence supports this view.

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A Framework for Identifying Accounting Characteristics for Asset Pricing Models, with an Evaluation of Book-to-Price

We provide a framework for identifying accounting numbers that indicate risk and expected return.

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Earnings Quality and Financial Reporting Credibility: An Empirical Investigation

Firms with extremely high accruals experience subsequent reductions in earnings and are more likely to be subject to SEC enforcement actions. Do analysts anticipate the earnings reductions in their forecasts? We investigate here.

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Does Credible Mean Reliable?

Are independent revaluations more reliable than those conducted by corporate directors? We examine whether high quality independent valuers provides a credible evaluation about the underlying reliability of recognized asset revaluations.

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Do Short Sale Transactions Precede Bad News Events?

It's argued that short sellers are a sophisticated subset of investors given the relative costs of short selling, and prior research suggests that short sellers are, on average, able to predict lower future performance. We test these assertions here.

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Deleveraging Risk

Using various measures of short selling activity for a large sample of U.S. securities, we find evidence that deleveraging risk—the risk of losses due to a sudden and widespread reduction in stocks held by levered investors—affects equity returns.