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Macroeconomic risks, idiosyncratic risks and momentum profits Patterns in Neighboring Areas


  • Sirajum Munira Sarwar
  • Gulnur Muradoglu


This paper investigates the presence of momentum return when priced for risk factors. Using a sample period from 1926 through 2005 for all stocks listed in the NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ we show that significant momentum return remains both at the portfolio level and at the individual stock level. We report positive and significant alpha of 0.009 when FamaeFrench three factors and macroeconomic risk factors are used at the portfolio level. At the individual stock level, though FamaeFrench factors cannot eliminate momentum return, the premium diminishes when macroeconomic variables are used. The result is more pronounced when lagged variables are used and during market upturn.

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  • Sirajum Munira Sarwar & Gulnur Muradoglu, 2013. "Macroeconomic risks, idiosyncratic risks and momentum profits Patterns in Neighboring Areas," Borsa Istanbul Review, Research and Business Development Department, Borsa Istanbul, vol. 13(4), pages 99-114, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bor:bistre:v:13:y:2013:i:4:p:99-114

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    1. Li, Bob & Ee, Mong Shan & Rashid, Mamunur, 2016. "Is momentum trading profitable from Shari'ah compliant stocks?," Review of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 56-63.

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    Momentum return; FamaeFrench factors; Macroeconomic risk factors; Portfolio level; Individual stock level;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G19 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Other


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