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Constructing common-factor portfolios


  • Carrasco-Gutierrez, Carlos Enrique
  • Issler, João Victor


In this paper we construct common-factor portfolios using a novel linear transformation of standard factor models extracted from large data sets of asset returns. The simple transformation proposed here keeps the basic properties of the usual factor transformations, although some new interesting properties are further attached to them. Some theoretical advantages are shown to be present. Also, their practical importance is confirmed in two applications: the performance of common-factor portfolios are shown to be superior to that of asset returns and factors commonly employed in the finance literature.

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  • Carrasco-Gutierrez, Carlos Enrique & Issler, João Victor, 2012. "Constructing common-factor portfolios," FGV/EPGE Economics Working Papers (Ensaios Economicos da EPGE) 731, FGV/EPGE - Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finanças, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil).
  • Handle: RePEc:fgv:epgewp:731

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