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New Data from University of Arizona Illuminate Findings in Corporate Finance

May 24, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Investment Weekly News -- Fresh data on Corporate Finance are presented in a new report. According to news reporting out of Tucson, Arizona, by VerticalNews editors, the research stated, "Prior theoretical work generates conflicting predictions with respect to how CEO age impacts risk-taking behavior. Consistent with the prediction that risk-taking behavior decreases as CEOs become older, I document a negative relation between CEO age and stock return volatility."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Arizona, "Further analyses reveal that older CEOs reduce firm risk through less risky investment policies. Specifically, older CEOs invest less in research and development, make more diversifying acquisitions, manage firms with more diversified operations, and maintain lower operating leverage. Further, firm risk and the riskiness of corporate policies are lowest when both the CEO and the next most influential executive are older and highest when both of these managers are younger. Although older CEOs prefer less risky investment policies, I document results suggesting that CEO and firm risk preferences tend to be aligned. Lastly, I find that a trading strategy that goes long in a portfolio of stocks consisting of firms managed by younger CEOs and short in a portfolio of stocks comprised of firms led by older CEOs would generate positive risk-adjusted returns."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Overall, my results imply that CEO age can have a significant impact on risk-taking behavior and firm performance."

For more information on this research see: CEO age and the riskiness of corporate policies. Journal of Corporate Finance, 2014;25():251-273. Journal of Corporate Finance can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Journal of Corporate Finance - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/524467)

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M.A. Serfling, University of Arizona, Eller Coll Management, Tucson, AZ 85721, United States.

Keywords for this news article include: Tucson, Arizona, United States, Corporate Finance, North and Central America

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