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Financial distress and idiosyncratic volatility: An empirical investigation

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  • Chen, Jing
  • Chollete, Lorán
  • Ray, Rina

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We investigate the link between distress and idiosyncratic volatility. Specifically, we examine the twin puzzles of anomalously low returns for high idiosyncratic volatility stocks and high distress risk stocks, documented by Ang et al. (2006) and Campbell et al. (2008), respectively. We document that these puzzles are empirically connected, and can be explained by a simple, theoretical, single-beta CAPM model.

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  • Chen, Jing & Chollete, Lorán & Ray, Rina, 2010. "Financial distress and idiosyncratic volatility: An empirical investigation," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 13(2), pages 249-267, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finmar:v:13:y:2010:i:2:p:249-267
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    1. Jun-Biao Lina & Ping-Yeh Su, 2017. "Idiosyncratic Volatility and Liquidity Risk: How they have Explanatory Power in Stock Returns," Journal of Applied Finance & Banking, SCIENPRESS Ltd, vol. 7(1), pages 1-2.
    2. Jen-Sin Lee & Chu-Yun Wei, 2012. "Types of Shares and Idiosyncratic Risk," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(S3), pages 68-95, September.
    3. Jen-Sin Lee & Chu-Yun Wei, 2012. "Types of Shares and Idiosyncratic Risk," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(S3), pages 68-95, September.
    4. Jun-Biao Lina & Ping-Yeh Su, 0. "Idiosyncratic Volatility and Liquidity Risk: How they have Explanatory Power in Stock Returns," Journal of Applied Finance & Banking, SCIENPRESS Ltd, vol. 0, pages 2.

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