Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

The Impact of Weather on German Retail Investors

Schmittmann, Jochen
Pirschel, Jenny
Meyer, Steffen
ISSN-Print: 1572-3097
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 2014
Keywords: Weather; Individual investor; Mood; Trading behavior; Stock market

We explore the impact of weather on trading by individual investors. Over a time span of 94 months, we analyze daily trading records of individual investors. Controlling for various investor- and market-specific factors, we find a twofold effect of weather. We first observe that investor sentiment, as measured by purchases relative to sales, is significantly higher on days with good weather. In addition, we find that retail investors generally trade more on bad weather days. This result is consistent with the notion that retail investors incur an opportunity cost for spending time trading on days with good weather.