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Portfolio Rebalancing and the Turn-of-the-Year Effect

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  • Ritter, Jay R
  • Chopra, Navin

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This paper finds that, for the 1935-86 period, the market's risk-return relation does not have a January seasonal. The findings differ from those of other studies due to the use of value-weighted, rather than equally-weighted, portfolios. Inferences are sensitive to the weighting procedure because of the small-firm return patterns in January. In particular, even in those Januaries for which the market return is negative, small-firm returns are positive, and they are more positive the higher is beta. This is consistent with the portfolio rebalancing explanation of the turn-of-the-year effect. Copyright 1989 by American Finance Association.

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Article provided by American Finance Association in its journal Journal of Finance.

Volume (Year): 44 (1989)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 149-66

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:44:y:1989:i:1:p:149-66

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