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Liquidity in asset pricing: New Australian evidence using low-frequency data

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  • Daniel Chai

    (Department of Accounting and Finance, Monash University, Australia)

  • Robert Faff

    (UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Australia; Department of Accounting and Finance, The University of Strathclyde, UK)

  • Philip Gharghori

    (Department of Accounting and Finance, Monash University, Australia)

Abstract

Employing a new proxy for liquidity, this paper examines its impact on stock returns in the context of the Fama-French framework. We augment the Carhart four-factor model with a liquidity factor in our asset pricing tests. Using an extensive dataset drawn from the Australian equities market, we find that liquidity explains a portion of the common variation in stock returns even after controlling for size, book-to-market and momentum. However, our findings suggest that the liquidity factor only adds marginal explanatory power to contemporary asset pricing models.

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  • Daniel Chai & Robert Faff & Philip Gharghori, 2013. "Liquidity in asset pricing: New Australian evidence using low-frequency data," Australian Journal of Management, Australian School of Business, vol. 38(2), pages 375-400, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ausman:v:38:y:2013:i:2:p:375-400
    DOI: 10.1177/0312896213489143
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