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Size Anomalies in U.S. Bank Stock Returns

Priyank Gandhi

Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Hanno N. Lustig

Stanford Graduate School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

August 15, 2012

Journal of Finance, Forthcoming

The largest commercial bank stocks, ranked by the total size of the balance sheet, have significantly lower risk-adjusted returns than small- and medium-sized bank stocks, even though large banks are significantly more levered. We uncover a size factor in the component of bank returns that is orthogonal to the standard risk factors, including small-minus-big, which has the right covariance with bank returns to explain the average risk-adjusted returns. This factor measures size-dependent exposure to bank-specific tail risk. These findings are consistent with the existence of government guarantees that protect shareholders of large banks, but not small banks, in disaster states.

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Keywords: Banking Crisis, Banking, Government Bailout

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Date posted: August 5, 2010 ; Last revised: November 13, 2014

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Gandhi, Priyank and Lustig, Hanno N., Size Anomalies in U.S. Bank Stock Returns (August 15, 2012). Journal of Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1653083 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1653083

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Priyank Gandhi
Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame ( email )
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Notre Dame, IN 46656
United States
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Hanno N. Lustig (Contact Author)
Stanford Graduate School of Business ( email )
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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