Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

UiS Working Papers in Economics and Finance,
University of Stavanger

No 2017/6: How long do equity owners hang on to their stocks?

Bernt Arne Odegaard ()
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Bernt Arne Odegaard: UiS, Postal: University of Stavanger, NO-4036 Stavanger, Norway

Abstract: We characterize the equity holding periods for all equity owners in a stock market over a 15 year period. The median holding period is 0.75 years. The hazard function for equity ownership is characterized by negative aging, an equity owner is less and less likely to realize a position as time passes. There are clear differences between owner types, where private individuals have the longest holding periods, and financial owners are the least patient. Wealthier households have shorter holding periods. Using turnover to estimate holding periods severely over-estimates actual holding periods.

Keywords: Equity Holding period; Duration; Failure Time; Survival

JEL-codes: D14; G11; G12

22 pages, March 30, 2017

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