TitleSentiment Bubbles
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBerger, D, Turtle, H
Corporate AuthorsEmptyAuthNode
JournalJournal of Financial Markets
Date Published2015

We examine cumulative changes in investor sentiment and find that these changes relate to extended periods of increasing overvaluation, followed by price corrections. The relation between sentiment and returns is path dependent—short-term increases in sentiment precede strong positive returns, while prolonged periods of increasing sentiment precede negative returns. Positive short-run returns are consistent with bubble dynamics and mitigate the backwards induction conundrum described by Abreu and Brunnermeier (2003). Our results hold for the market portfolio, and are especially strong for opaque portfolios with high levels of uncertainty, as well as portfolios with greater market frictions that limit arbitrage.