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What do the Fama-French Factors Add to C-CAPM?

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  • Pongrapeeporn Abhakorn
  • Peter N. Smith
  • Michael Wickens

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This study extends standard C-CAPM by including two additional factors related to firm size (SMB) and book-to-market value ratio (HML) – the Fama-French factors. CCAPM is least able to price firms with low book-to-market ratios. The explanation of these returns, as well as the returns on the SMB and HML portfolios, is significantly improved by the inclusion of the HML factor. The component of the risk premia explained by consumption varies across size. We suggest that a possible explanation for the role of HML is its association with the investment growth prospects of firms.

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  • Pongrapeeporn Abhakorn & Peter N. Smith & Michael Wickens, 2013. "What do the Fama-French Factors Add to C-CAPM?," CESifo Working Paper Series 4197, CESifo Group Munich.
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    1. Michael Wickens, 2014. "How did we get to where we are now? Reflections on 50 years of macroeconomic and financial econometrics," Discussion Papers 14/17, Department of Economics, University of York.
    2. Morana, Claudio, 2014. "Insights on the global macro-finance interface: Structural sources of risk factor fluctuations and the cross-section of expected stock returns," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 64-79.
    3. Huang, Lin & Wang, Zijun, 2014. "Is the investment factor a proxy for time-varying investment opportunities? The US and international evidence," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 219-232.
    4. Michael Wickens, 2015. "How Did We Get to Where We Are Now? Reflections on 50 Years of Macroeconomic and Financial Econometrics," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 83, pages 60-82, December.
    5. Abhakorn, Pongrapeeporn & Smith, Peter N. & Wickens, Michael R., 2016. "Can stochastic discount factor models explain the cross-section of equity returns?," Review of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 28(C), pages 56-68.

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    Keywords

    C-CAPM; asset pricing; Fama-French factors;

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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