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Identifying portfolio-based systematic risk factors in equity markets

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  • Grobys, Klaus
  • Haga, Jesper

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Four prominent new asset pricing factors have recently been proposed. We test whether these factors fulfill the necessary conditions to qualify as risk factors. We show that the investment and betting-against-beta factors fulfill these conditions. However, the profitability and quality factors do not fulfill these conditions pointing towards non-risk-based explanations.

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  • Grobys, Klaus & Haga, Jesper, 2016. "Identifying portfolio-based systematic risk factors in equity markets," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 17(C), pages 88-92.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:17:y:2016:i:c:p:88-92
    DOI: 10.1016/j.frl.2016.01.010
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    Keywords

    Asset pricing model; Betting-against-beta factor; Quality factor; Investment factor; Profitability factor;

    JEL classification:

    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics

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