Are Co-Skewness and Co-Kurtosis Factors Priced?
Richard A. Heaney
University of Western Australia; Financial Research Network (FIRN)
University of Western Australia - UWA Business School
The University of Western Australia; Financial Research Network (FIRN)
August 26, 2011
24th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference 2011 Paper
This paper investigates whether co-skewness and co-kurtosis are priced in US stocks over the period from July 1963 to December 2010, using the Fama and Macbeth (1973) method. The results in this paper suggest that these moment based variables are subsumed by the Fama and French (1992, 1993) three-factor model. We also include a momentum factor in our analysis but find little support for this factor except in the earlier part of our study period (July 1963 to December 1990). Our findings reaffirm the importance of size and book-to-market factors in the US stock market.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 38
Keywords: asset pricing, skewness, kurtosis, size, book-to-market, momentum
JEL Classification: G12
Date posted: August 27, 2011
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