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Low-Cost Momentum Strategies

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  • Xiafei Li

    (Cass Buisness School, City University (UK))

  • Chris Brooks

    ()
    (ICMA Centre, University of Reading)

  • Jöelle Miffre

    (EDHEC Business School, Nice, France)

Abstract

The article analyses the impact of trading costs on the profitability of momentum strategies in the UK and concludes that losers are more expensive to trade than winners. The observed asymmetry in the costs of trading winners and losers crucially relates to the high cost of selling loser stocks with small size and low trading volume. Since transaction costs severely impact net momentum profits, the paper defines a new low-cost relative-strength strategy by shortlisting from all winner and loser stocks those with the lowest total transaction costs. While the study severely questions the profitability of standard momentum strategies, it concludes that there is still room for momentum-based return enhancement, should asset managers decide to adopt low-cost relative-strength strategies.

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Paper provided by Henley Business School, Reading University in its series ICMA Centre Discussion Papers in Finance with number icma-dp2007-12.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Handle: RePEc:rdg:icmadp:icma-dp2007-12

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Keywords: Momentum profits; Transaction costs; Low-cost strategy;

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Cited by:
  1. Xiafei Li & Chris Brooks & Joelle Miffre, 2009. "Transaction Costs, Trading Volume and Momentum Strategies," ICMA Centre Discussion Papers in Finance icma-dp2009-04, Henley Business School, Reading University.
  2. Antonios Siganos, 2010. "Can small investors exploit the momentum effect?," Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, Springer, vol. 24(2), pages 171-192, June.

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