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Caveat Compounder: A Warning about Using the Daily CRSP Equal-Weighted Index to Compute Long-Run Excess Returns

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  • Linda Canina

    (Cornell,)

  • Roni Michaely

    (Cornell,)

  • Richard Thaler

    (University of Chicago and NBER,)

  • Kent Womack

    (Dartmouth)

Abstract

This paper issues a warning that compounding daily returns of the Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP) equal-weighted index can lead to surprisingly large biases. The differences between the monthly returns compounded from the daily tapes and the monthly CRSP equal-weighted indices is almost 0.43 percent per month, or 6 percent per year. This difference amounts to one-third of the average monthly return, and is large enough to reverse the conclusions of a paper using the daily tape to compute the return on the benchmark portfolio. We also investigate the sources of these biases and suggest several alternative strategies to avoid them. Copyright The American Finance Association 1998.

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

Volume (Year): 53 (1998)
Issue (Month): 1 (02)
Pages: 403-416

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:53:y:1998:i:1:p:403-416

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