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Positive return premia in Japan


  • Chikashi Tsuji


This paper examines Jensen's [ J. Finance , 1968, 23 , 389--416] alphas and the time-varying return premia unexplained by standard risk factors in Japan and presents several new findings. First, in contrast to the US experience, positive alphas remain after Fama and French's three factors are applied to excess stock returns in Japan. Second, positive alphas remain in Japan, even if the Fama--French three factors combined with momentum and reversal factors are applied to excess stock returns. Third, the positive return premia unexplained by these five factors bear little relation to the dynamics of the Japanese macroeconomy. Fourth, the time series evolution of the positive return premia indicates autonomous dynamics with at least three regimes. Fifth, we can predict or time the acquisition of the positive return premia for small-size portfolios in Japan by observing the direction and effect of the return premia of large-size portfolios and high-book equity to market equity (BE/ME) portfolios. Finally, application of the self-exciting threshold autoregressive (SETAR) model shows that the size effects are stronger than the BE/ME effects in Japan, given that the return premia from small-size portfolios in the SETAR model are bounded by positive thresholds, while the return premia from high-BE/ME portfolios are bounded by negative thresholds.

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  • Chikashi Tsuji, 2012. "Positive return premia in Japan," Quantitative Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(3), pages 345-367, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:quantf:v:12:y:2012:i:3:p:345-367 DOI: 10.1080/14697688.2010.541485

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