The Measurement of Returns in Tests of the CAPM

32 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2010

Date Written: July 27, 2010


Periodic returns are widely used to estimate expected return when testing the CAPM. We show that in the original one-period CAPM, the linear relationship between beta and the expected periodic return is obtained only by adjusting the expected continuously compounded return, and the linearity is well-preserved as the length of the period is increased. A reasonable interpretation of the empirical evidence is that tests of the CAPM that use periodic returns simply reflect the variance of returns, but not the pricing of securities as required by an asset pricing model.

Keywords: Capital Asset Pricing Model, CAPM, Periodic Returns

JEL Classification: G12

Suggested Citation

Schwinn, Carl R., The Measurement of Returns in Tests of the CAPM (July 27, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

Carl R. Schwinn (Contact Author)

Bates College ( email )

Lewiston, ME 04240
United States

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