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Asset pricing with a bank risk factor

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  • João Pedro Pereira
  • António Rua

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This paper studies how the state of the banking sector influences stock returns of nonfinancial firms. We consider a two-factor pricing model, where the first factor is the traditional market excess return and the second factor is the change in the average distance to default of the banking sector. We find that this bank factor is priced in the cross section of U.S. nonfinancial firms. Controlling for market beta, the expected excess return for a stock in the top quintile of bank risk exposure is on average 2.67% higher than for a stock in the bottom quintile.

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  • João Pedro Pereira & António Rua, 2012. "Asset pricing with a bank risk factor," Working Papers w201202, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:ptu:wpaper:w201202
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    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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