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Low-Cost Momentum Strategies


Xiafei Li


Nottingham University Business School

Chris Brooks


University of Reading - ICMA Centre

Joelle Miffre


EDHEC Business School

May 1, 2008


Abstract:     
The article analyses the impact of trading costs on the profitability of momentum strategies in the UK and concludes that losers are more expensive to trade than winners. The observed asymmetry in the costs of trading winners and losers crucially relates to the high cost of selling loser stocks with small size and low trading volume. Since transaction costs severely impact net momentum profits, the paper defines a new low-cost relative-strength strategy by shortlisting from all winner and loser stocks those with the lowest total transaction costs. While the study severely questions the profitability of standard momentum strategies, it concludes that there is still room for momentum-based return enhancement, should asset managers decide to adopt low-cost relative-strength strategies.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 18

Keywords: Momentum profits, Transaction costs, Low-cost strategy

JEL Classification: G12, G19

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Date posted: August 10, 2007 ; Last revised: May 19, 2009

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Li, Xiafei and Brooks, Chris and Miffre, Joelle, Low-Cost Momentum Strategies (May 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1006165 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1006165

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Xiafei Li
Nottingham University Business School ( email )
Jubilee Campus
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom
+44 (0)115 9518603 (Phone)
Chris Brooks
University of Reading - ICMA Centre ( email )
Whiteknights Park
P.O. Box 242
Reading RG6 6BA
United Kingdom
+44 118 931 82 39 (Phone)
+44 118 931 47 41 (Fax)
Joelle Miffre (Contact Author)
EDHEC Business School ( email )
58 rue du Port
Lille, 59046
France
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