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Equal or Value Weighting? Implications for Asset-Pricing Tests


Yuliya Plyakha


Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Raman Uppal


EDHEC Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Grigory Vilkov


Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

January 15, 2014


Abstract:     
Does the choice of weighting scheme used to form test portfolios influence inferences drawn from empirical tests of asset pricing? To answer this question we first show that, with monthly rebalancing, an equal-weighted portfolio outperforms a value-weighted portfolio in terms of total mean return, four-factor alpha, and Sharpe ratio. We then explain that this outperformance is partly because the equal-weighted portfolio has higher exposure to systematic risk factors; but, a considerable part (42%) of the outperformance comes from the difference in alphas, which is a consequence of the rebalancing to maintain constant weights in the equal-weighted portfolio. Finally, we demonstrate that the inferences drawn from tests of asset-pricing models are substantially different depending on whether one uses equal- or value-weighted test portfolios. We illustrate this by considering four applications: (1) a test of the CAPM, using the methodology of Gibbons, Ross, and Shanken (1989); (2) a test of the spanning properties of the stochastic discount factor, using the approach of Hansen and Jagannathan (1991); (3) a test of the relation between characteristics and returns, using the multivariate weighted two-stage procedure of Fama and MacBeth (1973); and (4) a test of whether expected idiosyncratic volatility is priced or not, using the non-parametric methodology of Patton and Timmermann (2010). For all four tests, we explain how the weighting scheme influences our inferences.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 64

Keywords: empirical asset pricing, factor models, systematic risk, alpha, idiosyncratic volatility

JEL Classification: G11, G12

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Date posted: March 21, 2011 ; Last revised: January 16, 2014

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Plyakha, Yuliya and Uppal , Raman and Vilkov, Grigory, Equal or Value Weighting? Implications for Asset-Pricing Tests (January 15, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1787045 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1787045

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Yuliya Plyakha
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main ( email )
Grüneburgplatz 1,
Uni-PF 13
Frankfurt am Main, Hessen 60323
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.finance.uni-frankfurt.de/schlag/index.php?case=wimi2&men=2&id=877&lg=0
Raman Uppal
EDHEC Business School ( email )
10 Fleet Place, Ludgate
London, EC4M 7RB
United Kingdom
+44 20 7871 6744 (Phone)
90-98 Goswell Road
London, EC1V 7RR
United Kingdom
Grigory Vilkov (Contact Author)
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management ( email )
Sonnemannstraße 9-11
Frankfurt am Main, 60314
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.vilkov.net
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