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Momentum in Australian Stock Returns: An Update

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  • A. S. Hurn

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    (QUT)

  • V.Pavlov

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    (QUT)

Abstract

It has been documented that a momentum investment strategy based on buying past well performing stocks while selling past losing stocks, is a profitable one in the Australian context particularly in the 1990s. The aim of this short paper is to investigate whether or not this feature of Australian stock returns is still evident. The paper confirms the presence of a medium-term momentum effect, but also provides some interesting new evidence on the importance of the size effect on momentum.

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Paper provided by National Centre for Econometric Research in its series NCER Working Paper Series with number 23.

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Length: 17
Date of creation: 26 Feb 2008
Date of revision: 26 Feb 2008
Handle: RePEc:qut:auncer:2008-12

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Keywords: Stock returns; Momentum portfolios; Size effect;

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  1. Kingsley Fong & David R. Gallagher & Aaron Ng, 2005. "The Use of Derivatives by Investment Managers and Implications for Portfolio Performance and Risk-super-," International Review of Finance, International Review of Finance Ltd., vol. 5(1-2), pages 1-29.
  2. Vlad Pavlov & Stan Hurn, 2009. "Testing the Profitability of Technical Analysis as a Portfolio Selection Strategy," NCER Working Paper Series 52, National Centre for Econometric Research.
  3. Emilios Galariotis, 2010. "What should investors know about the stability of momentum investing and its riskiness? The case of the Australian Security Exchange," Post-Print hal-00917587, HAL.

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