Richard Heaney

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The market for unseasoned equity has the unusual and distinguishing feature of periods of concentrated activity in terms of both volume and underpricing. This paper formally documents the existence of such periods using a regime-switching model that dates transitions between hot and cold states. A number of hot periods are identified over a 20-year period(More)
This paper investigates the factors affecting bank operational risk and bank equity risk for European banks during 1996 to 2005. Pooled-OLS and panel data analysis is applied to 84 financial institutions across 15 European countries using credit risk, interest rate risk, total equity, systematic risk and idiosyncratic risk. Off-balance sheet activities are(More)
While executive directors are responsible for superior performance, their behaviour may not always be aligned with shareholder interests. Non-executive directors provide one method of monitoring and controlling these and other agency costs. An event study focusing on director departure provides some insight into the economic importance of directors to(More)
This paper presents a new Cumulative Sum approach for the detection of turning points in financial time series that are subject to cyclical mean level and volatility regime shifts. The new CUSUM approach is applied to the problem of detecting turning points in “hot issue” markets for Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), thus providing a multi-dimensional(More)
This paper proposes measures of systematic skewness and systematic kurtosis as symmetric measures of risk by extending the work of Kraus and Litzenberg (1976). We examine an asset pricing model that incorporates systematic skewness and systematic kurtosis to test the cross section of asset returns within the context of the Fama and MacBeth (1973) two-pass(More)
This paper examines various models of the short-term interest rate in Australia. The analysis centres on three classes of models. First, the generalised diffusion model of Chan et al. (1992) is examined which allows the variance to be a function of interest rate levels. This model nests a number of the traditional term structure models. We find initial(More)
We analyse the determinants of equity agency costs for the top 500 Australian listed firms. Data are collected over four one-year periods (2004, 2005, 2010 and 2011) and analysed using both pooled OLS regression and two stage least squares regression within a random effects panel data model. Analysis covers the full four-year period, the pre global(More)
Are share markets too volatile? While it is difficult to ignore share market volatility it is important to determine whether volatility is excessive. This paper replicates the Shiller (1981) test as well as applying standard time series analysis to annual Australian stock market data for the period 1883 to 1999. While Shiller’s test suggests the possibility(More)