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Idiosyncratic volatility and the pricing of poorly-diversified portfolios

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  • Miffre, Joëlle
  • Brooks, Chris
  • Li, Xiafei

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This article examines the role of idiosyncratic volatility in explaining the cross-sectional variation of size- and value-sorted portfolio returns. We show that the premium for bearing idiosyncratic volatility varies inversely with the number of stocks included in the portfolios. This conclusion is robust within various multifactor models based on size, value, past performance, liquidity and total volatility and also holds within an ICAPM specification of the risk–return relationship. Our findings thus indicate that investors demand an additional return for bearing the idiosyncratic volatility of poorly-diversified portfolios.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Review of Financial Analysis.

Volume (Year): 30 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 78-85

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Handle: RePEc:eee:finana:v:30:y:2013:i:c:p:78-85

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Keywords: Idiosyncratic volatility; Cross-sectional variation in stock returns; Diversification;

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