Buy-Side vs. Sell-Side Analysts’ Earnings Forecasts
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.
Chapman, Craig, Paul Healy, Boris Groysberg. 2008. Buy-Side vs. Sell-Side Analysts’ Earnings Forecasts. Financial Analysts Journal. 64(4): 25-39.