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Idiosyncratic Volatility Puzzle: Influence of Macro-Finance Factors

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  • Aslanidis, Nektarios
  • Christiansen, Charlotte
  • Lambertides, Neophytos
  • Savva, Christos S.

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In this paper, we scrutinize the cross-sectional relation between idiosyncratic volatility and stock returns. As a novelty, the idiosyncratic volatility is obtained by conditioning upon macro-finance factors as well as upon traditional asset pricing factors. The macro-finance factors are constructed from a large pool of macroeconomic and financial variables. Cleaning for macro-finance e§ects reverses the puzzling negative relation between returns and idiosyncratic volatility documented previously. Portfolio analysis shows that the effects from macro-finance factors are economically strong. The relation between idiosyncratic volatility and returns does not vary with the NBER business cycles. The empirical results are highly robust. Keywords: Idiosyncratic volatility puzzle; Macro-finance predictors; Factor analysis; Business cycle. JEL Classifications: G12; G14

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  • Aslanidis, Nektarios & Christiansen, Charlotte & Lambertides, Neophytos & Savva, Christos S., 2015. "Idiosyncratic Volatility Puzzle: Influence of Macro-Finance Factors," Working Papers 2072/246968, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.
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    Mercats financers; 336 - Finances. Banca. Moneda. Borsa;

    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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