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Estimating beta: Forecast adjustments and the impact of stock characteristics for a broad cross-section

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  • Hollstein, Fabian
  • Prokopczuk, Marcel
  • Wese Simen, Chardin

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Researchers and practitioners face many choices when estimating an asset's sensitivities toward risk factors, i.e., betas. Using the entire U.S. stock universe and a sample period of more than 50 years, we find that a historical estimator based on daily return data with an exponential weighting scheme as well as simple shrinkage adjustments yield the best predictions for future beta. Adjustments for asynchronous trading, macroeconomic conditions, or regression-based combinations, on the other hand, typically yield very high prediction errors and fail to create market-neutral anomaly portfolios. Finally, we document a robust link between stock characteristics and beta predictability.

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  • Hollstein, Fabian & Prokopczuk, Marcel & Wese Simen, Chardin, 2019. "Estimating beta: Forecast adjustments and the impact of stock characteristics for a broad cross-section," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 91-118.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finmar:v:44:y:2019:i:c:p:91-118
    DOI: 10.1016/j.finmar.2019.03.001
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    Keywords

    Beta estimation; Forecast combinations; Forecast adjustments;

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G17 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Financial Forecasting and Simulation

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