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Digesting Anomalies: An Investment Approach

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  • Hou, Kewei

    (OH State University)

  • Xue, Chen

    (University of Cincinnati)

  • Zhang, Lu

    (OH State University)

Abstract

Motivated from investment-based asset pricing, we propose a new factor model that consists of the market factor, a size factor, an investment factor, and a return-on-equity factor. The new model [i] outperforms the Carhart (1997) four-factor model in pricing portfolios formed on earnings surprise, idiosyncratic volatility, financial distress, equity issues, as well as on investment and return-on-equity; [ii] performs similarly as the Carhart model in pricing portfolios on momentum as well as on size and book-to-market; but [iii] underperforms in pricing the total accrual deciles. Our model's performance, combined with its clear economic intuition, suggests that it can serve as a new workhorse model for academic research and investment management practice.

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  • Hou, Kewei & Xue, Chen & Zhang, Lu, 2012. "Digesting Anomalies: An Investment Approach," Working Paper Series 2012-21, Ohio State University, Charles A. Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecl:ohidic:2012-21
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    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading

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