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Help Needed - Dissertation

  • 04-05-2019 8:55pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 3,547 ✭✭✭ DeanAustin


    I'm doing my dissertation in a few weeks and I'm looking at "How stock buybacks influence the decision making of investors in the S&P 500". I'm looking to talk to investors in those companies for 30-60 mins in June/July and there is a free lunch/coffee in it if you can help me out.

    If you can, please PM me. I'd be most grateful.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,152 ✭✭✭ GiftofGab


    Can't help you but best of luck with the dissertation. I was in the same position last year - tough times but managed to pull through.
    It's difficult to get access to people willing to interview. Maybe a survey could be easier too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,435 ixus


    Would a quantitative rather than qualitatively driven approach yield better results?

    Probably better references out there on quantitative approach. Asking Irish investors in respect to S&P is relatively weak, especially as you will find relatively few. (No disrespect to anyone).

    What kind of job are you going for at the moment or post study? Your approach could be used in discussions.

    Data driven relatively straight forward. Compare stovks with buybacks benchmarked against broad index and sector. Use behavioural finance to discuss and analyse this.

    I studied mood variables and impact market performance for MSc way back. Statistically driven analysis.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 7,850 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Jim2007


    DeanAustin wrote: »
    I'm doing my dissertation in a few weeks and I'm looking at "How stock buybacks influence the decision making of investors in the S&P 500". I'm looking to talk to investors in those companies for 30-60 mins in June/July and there is a free lunch/coffee in it if you can help me out.

    If you can, please PM me. I'd be most grateful.

    You probably need to start by defining exactly what you mean by an investor. Most of the time when you read in the papers "investors" did this and that, they are not talking about investors at all! They are in fact referring to speculators and professional money managers. In reality most investors are off living their lives and will not become aware of the events until months later when they get around to looking at the broker statements etc....

    Buybacks probably influence sell side analysts more than investors directly.


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