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What if dividends were tax-exempt? : Evidence from a natural experiment

Isakov, Dušan ; Pérignon, Christophe ; Weisskopf, Jean-Philippe

(Working Papers SES ; 498, revised)

We study the effect of dividend taxes on the payout and investment policy of listed firms and discuss their implications for agency problems. To do so, we exploit a unique setting in Switzerland where some, but not all, firms were suddenly able to pay tax-exempted dividends to their shareholders following the corporate tax reform of 2011. Using a difference-indifferences specification, we...

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Analyse des rémunérations des dirigeants de sociétés suisses cotées en bourse entre 2007 et 2012

Isakov, Dušan ; Parietti, Simone

(Working Papers SES ; 449)

Cet article analyse les rémunérations des dirigeants des sociétés suisses cotées en bourse entre 2007 et 2012. Dans un premier temps, nous exposons les différentes composantes du revenu ainsi que le rôle de chaque élément avant de jeter un regard critique sur le contenu informationnel des rapports de gestion en matière de rémunération. Nous présentons ensuite le contenu de la base de...

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Do not wake sleeping dogs: Pay-out policies in founding family firms

Isakov, Dušan ; Weisskopf, Jean-Philippe

(Working Papers SES ; 443)

This article examines founding family influence on pay-out policies for Swiss listed firms over the period 2003-2010. We find that founding family firms have higher dividends and total pay-outs than non-family firms. There is no significant difference between stock repurchases for the two types of firms. We show that specific firm characteristics such as active involvement of family members, the...

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Are Founding Families Special Blockholders ? An Investigation of Controlling Shareholder Influence on Firm Performance

Isakov, Dušan ; Weisskopf, Jean-Philippe

(Working Papers SES ; 428)

This paper examines how family and non-family ownership affects the performance of Swiss listed firms from 2003 to 2010. We distinguish between these two types of controlling shareholders since they have different objectives. We hypothesise that only family shareholders have a real incentive to reduce agency costs whereas non-family blockholders are similar to widely held companies. Our results...

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Les rachats d'actions en Suisse. Objectifs, conséquences et pratiques

Isakov, Dušan ; Dumont, Pierre-André

(Working Papers SES ; 408)

Les rachats d'actions sont autorisés depuis plus de quinze ans en Suisse. Cet article propose une analyse des rachats dans le contexte institutionnel, fiscal et juridique helvétique. Après avoir décrit les principales techniques de rachat à disposition des entreprises et les objectifs visés par une telle opération, ce travail analyse l'effet des rachats sur les ratios financiers et la...

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Technical Analysis with a Long-Term Perspective: Trading Strategies and Market Timing Ability

Isakov, Dušan ; Marti, Didier

(Working Papers SES ; 421)

This paper extends the literature on the profitability of technical analysis in three directions. First, we investigate the performance of complex trading rules based on moving averages computed over longer periods than those usually considered. Different trading rules are simulated on daily prices of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and we find that trading rules are more profitable when...

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Portfolio diversification in Europe

Adjaouté, Kpate ; Danthine, Jean-Pierre ; Isakov, Dušan

(FAME Research Paper ; 86)

Have the euro and accompanying measures of financial integration had a discernable impact on the degree of diversification of European investors? This is an empirical question that this paper tries to answer by exploring four alternative avenues. First we focus on the final outcome: If European investors are indeed better diversified, their consumption should be increasingly correlated. Second we...

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How to diversify internationally? : A comparison of conditional and unconditional asset allocation methods

Barras, Laurent ; Isakov, Dušan

In: EFMA 2002 London meeting, 2003, p. 1-25

To obtain the maximum benefits from diversification, financial theory suggests that investors should invest internationally because of the larger potential for risk reduction. The question that we raise in this paper is how to select the optimal portfolio of countries? This article synthesizes the major international asset allocation methods based on mean-variance analysis that have been proposed...

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The determinants of stock returns in a small open economy

Cauchie, Séverine ; Hoesli, Martin ; Isakov, Dušan

In: EFMA 2003 Helsinki Meeting, 2003, p. 1-31

This paper examines the determinants of stock returns in a small open economy using an APT framework. The analysis is conducted for the Swiss stock market which has the particularity of including a large proportion of firms that are exposed to foreign economic conditions. Both a statistical and a macroeconomic implementation of the model are performed for the period 1986-2002 with monthly returns...