Investing in marketable securities: Managerial decisions and consequences

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Title:
Investing in marketable securities: Managerial decisions and consequences
Author:
Ross, Mark Terry, 1957-
Issue Date:
1996
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The purpose of this dissertation is to examine investment decisions made by managers of firms having a portion of their assets committed to projects classified (for financial accounting purposes) as investments in marketable securities, and the corresponding consequences of such decisions on the firm. Of particular concern are managers' decisions to select investment alternatives emphasizing non-optimal investment projects, as suggested by a speculative intent. The research focuses on two main issues: (1) identifying the environment most conducive to finding the existence of marketable security investments; and (2) the effect on firm performance of holding various levels of this type of investment. Results provide support for the existence of investments in marketable securities in settings where an abundance of investment opportunities exist. This finding is consistent with the notion that growth firms have more incentive to smooth earnings and are in continual need of funding for profitable investment projects. The results also indicate that, compared to firms with no investments, firms with a relatively low level of investments in marketable securities have higher firm performance. However, as the level of marketable security investment increases beyond this threshold, the performance of the firm eventually declines below that of no-investment firms.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Business Administration, Accounting.; Economics, Finance.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Industrial Management
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Dhaliwal, Dan S.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleInvesting in marketable securities: Managerial decisions and consequencesen_US
dc.creatorRoss, Mark Terry, 1957-en_US
dc.contributor.authorRoss, Mark Terry, 1957-en_US
dc.date.issued1996en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this dissertation is to examine investment decisions made by managers of firms having a portion of their assets committed to projects classified (for financial accounting purposes) as investments in marketable securities, and the corresponding consequences of such decisions on the firm. Of particular concern are managers' decisions to select investment alternatives emphasizing non-optimal investment projects, as suggested by a speculative intent. The research focuses on two main issues: (1) identifying the environment most conducive to finding the existence of marketable security investments; and (2) the effect on firm performance of holding various levels of this type of investment. Results provide support for the existence of investments in marketable securities in settings where an abundance of investment opportunities exist. This finding is consistent with the notion that growth firms have more incentive to smooth earnings and are in continual need of funding for profitable investment projects. The results also indicate that, compared to firms with no investments, firms with a relatively low level of investments in marketable securities have higher firm performance. However, as the level of marketable security investment increases beyond this threshold, the performance of the firm eventually declines below that of no-investment firms.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectBusiness Administration, Accounting.en_US
dc.subjectEconomics, Finance.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineIndustrial Managementen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorDhaliwal, Dan S.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest9720667en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b34580244en_US
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