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1 July 2008 Financial Analysts Journal Volume 64, Issue 4

Buy-Side vs. Sell-Side Analysts’ Earnings Forecasts

  1. Boris Groysberg
  2. Paul Healy
  3. Craig Chapman

The study reported here is a comparison of the earnings-forecasting performance of analysts at a large buy-side firm with the performance of sell-side analysts in the 1997–2004 period. The tests show that the buy-side analysts made more optimistic and less accurate forecasts than their counterparts on the sell side. The performance differences appear to be partially explained by the buy-side firm’s greater retention of poorly performing analysts and by differences in the performance benchmarks used to evaluate buy-side and sell-side analysts.

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