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Least quartic Regression Criterion with Application to Finance

  • Giuseppe arbia
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    This article proposes a new method for the estimation of the parameters of a simple linear regression model which accounts for the role of co-moments in non-Gaussian distributions being based on the minimization of a quartic loss function. Although the proposed method is very general, we examine its application to finance. In fact, in this field the contribution of the co-moments in explaining the return-generating process is of paramount importance when evaluating the systematic risk of an asset within the framework of the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM). The suggested new method contributes to this literature by showing that, in the presence of non-normality, the regression slope can be expressed as a function of the co-kurtosis between the returns of a risky asset and the market proxy. The paper provides an illustration of the method based on some empirical financial data referring to 40 industrial sector assets rates of the Italian stock market.

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    Date of creation: Mar 2014
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