Quotation Müllner, Jakob, Zeidan, Rodrigo. 2015. Firm, market and top management antecedents of speculation: Lessons for corporate governance. Journal of Multinational Financial Management 32-33, 42-58.




In this paper, we explore the corporate governance traits of companies that posted hefty losses related to derivatives trading in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Using concepts from agency theory, cognitive decision making and institutional theory we theorize on potential facilitators of trading losses. Our sample is comprised of 346 companies from 10 international markets, of which 49 companies (and a subsample of 14 distressed companies) lost an aggregate of US$18.9 billion in derivatives. An event study shows that most companies experience substantial and long-term abnormal returns following these incidents. The results of a probit model indicate that the lack of a formal hedging policy, weak monitoring of the top management, overconfidence in technical trends, hubris and remuneration contribute to the mismanagement of hedging policies. Our study contributes to the existing financial risk management literature by identifying antecedents of derivatives losses.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Multinational Financial Management
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-D
Language English
Title Firm, market and top management antecedents of speculation: Lessons for corporate governance
Volume 32-33
Year 2015
Page from 42
Page to 58
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1042444X15300049
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mulfin.2015.08.001


Müllner, Jakob (Details)
Zeidan, Rodrigo (NYU Shanghai, Shanghai, China, China)
Institute for International Business (Zapkau) (Details)
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