An empirical study of the impact of financial reporting disclosures on UK investment trusts

Ian Fraser, Heather Tarbert, Kai Hong Tee

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Abstract

While an extensive literature exists on the market impact of accounting disclosures, there is little prior work on the market impact of accounting disclosures on investment trusts within the UK. The prior literature that exists suggests an absence of information content. This paper investigates whether financial statements for investment trusts contain information content over the period of the annual reporting cycle. The results indicate that the preliminary earning report (PER) and annual general meeting (AGM) contain information content in this setting. In addition, the results demonstrate a clear size effect with stronger market reaction in the case of smaller investment trusts.

Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Financial Economics
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2005

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Empirical study
Investment trusts
Financial reporting
Information content
Disclosure
Accounting disclosure
Market impact
Market reaction
Financial statements
Annual general meetings

Keywords

  • investment trusts
  • financial reporting

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