I examine the ability of the U.S. investor protection regime to limit insider trading returns, absent Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the short-swing rule). I find that, in this setting, U.S. insiders execute short-swing trades that i) beat the market by about 15 basis points per day and ii) systematically divest ahead of disappointing earnings announcements. These results indicate that the bright-line rule restricting short-horizon roundtrip insider trading plays a substantial role in protecting outside investors from privately informed insiders in the United States.
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- Economics and Econometrics