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Financial ratios and stock returns reappraised through a topological data analysis lens

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  • Pawel Dlotko
  • Wanling Qiu
  • Simon Rudkin

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Firm financials are well established as return predictors, being the inspiration for a large set of anomalies in the asset pricing literature. Employing topological data analysis we revisit the question of association between seven of the most commonly studied financial ratios and stock returns. Specifically the TDA Ball Mapper algorithm is applied to visualise the point cloud of financial ratios as an abstract two-dimensional graph readily allowing for identification of interdependencies between factors. These relationships are seldom monotonic, opportunities for investors to profitably exploit this knowledge provided by TDA abound. Clear potential offered by the tools of TDA to shed new light on asset pricing models is demonstrated. Scope for benefit is limited only by the availability of information to the analyst.

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  • Pawel Dlotko & Wanling Qiu & Simon Rudkin, 2019. "Financial ratios and stock returns reappraised through a topological data analysis lens," Papers 1911.10297, arXiv.org.
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1911.10297
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