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Risk Factors for the Swiss Stock Market

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  • Manuel Ammann
  • Michael Steiner

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The four risk factors controlling for the market, size, value and momentum effect have become a state-of-the-art framework for various applications in financial markets research. However, previous work shows that these broadly recognized factors are country-specific. This paper develops and analyses the factors for the Swiss stock market from January 1990 to December 2005, building on a high quality dataset and taking into account specific characteristics of the Swiss stock market. We find robust premiums that are validated by comparisons to literature and US-data. The explanatory power of the factors is high, confirming their relevance to the Swiss stock market.

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Article provided by Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES) in its journal Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 144 (2008)
Issue (Month): I (March)
Pages: 1-35

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Handle: RePEc:ses:arsjes:2008-i-1

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Keywords: Fama French; Carhart; Value; Momentum; Switzerland;

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Cited by:
  1. Manuel Ammann & Andreas Zingg, 2008. "Investment Performance of Swiss Pension Funds and Investment Foundations," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 144(II), pages 153-195, June.
  2. Florian Mueller, 2014. "Portfolio Performance Implications of Environmental, Social and Governance based Asset Selection," Working Papers 2014-02, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.
  3. Michael Steiner, 2009. "Predicting premiums for the market, size, value, and momentum factors," Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, Springer, vol. 23(2), pages 137-155, June.
  4. Hanauer, Matthias & Kaserer, Christoph & Rapp, Marc Steffen, 2011. "Risikofaktoren und Multifaktormodelle für den Deutschen Aktienmarkt (Risk Factors and Multi-Factor Models for the German Stock Market)," CEFS Working Paper Series 2011-01, Center for Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies (CEFS), Technische Universität München.

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