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A Five-Factor Asset Pricing Model

Eugene F. Fama

University of Chicago - Finance

Kenneth R. French

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

May 2014

Fama-Miller Working Paper

A five-factor model directed at capturing the size, value, profitability, and investment patterns in average stock returns is rejected on the GRS test, but for applied purposes it provides an acceptable description of average returns. The model’s main problem is its failure to explain the low average returns on small stocks that invest a lot despite low profitability. The performance of the model is not sensitive to the specifics of the way its factors are defined, at least for the definitions considered here.

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Date posted: June 30, 2013 ; Last revised: May 11, 2014

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Fama, Eugene F. and French, Kenneth R., A Five-Factor Asset Pricing Model (May 2014). Fama-Miller Working Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2287202 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2287202

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