Options Trading Activity and the Efficiency of Corporate Investment
51 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2021
Date Written: February 19, 2021
We examine the relation of active options market trading and the (in)efficiency of corporate investment in terms of deviation from optimal investment levels. Past research considers the volume of options trading as contributing to firms’ informational efficiency. Investment efficiency is partly driven by information asymmetries between firm managers and capital providers, aggravating moral hazard concerns. We test whether the enhancement in firms’ information environment associated with higher volume of options trading activity is positively related to optimizing investment at the firm level. Our results indicate that the volume of options trading by firms is positively and significantly associated with firm-level investment efficiency. This relation is associated with the enhancement in the firms’ information environment stemming from active options trading. Overall, our findings suggest that the managerial skills associated with active trading in derivatives markets also benefit firms’ investment decisions through enhancing the optimal allocation of firm resources and investment efficiency.
Keywords: option trading activity, investment efficiency, under- or over-investment, information asymmetry, agency costs
JEL Classification: G12, G31, D81
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