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Investors’ behavior in an emerging, tax free market
journal contributionposted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by K Al-Hilu, Sohel AzadSohel Azad, A Chazi, A Khallaf
We provide empirical evidence on the stock market participants’ behavior in an emerging market, with a tax-free environment. Our results show that UAE investors exhibit overconfidence and home bias, and tend to sell prior winners and buy prior losers. We find that investors rely on familiarity and on their information channels to make decisions. The results indicate that investors are risk averse, especially after the global financial crisis, which has had contagion effect on UAE markets. Investors attribute this effect to the inability to manage systemic crisis and to problems of information asymmetry, insider trading, and lack of good governance during crisis.