Time-Varying Liquidity and Momentum Profits

Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Vol. 51, No. 6, 2016

49 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2013 Last revised: 12 Sep 2019

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Doron Avramov

Reichman University - Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah

Si Cheng

Syracuse University - Department of Finance

Allaudeen Hameed

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Finance

Date Written: February 28, 2015

Abstract

A basic intuition is that arbitrage is easier when markets are most liquid. Surprisingly, we find that momentum profits are markedly larger in liquid market states. This finding is not explained by variation in liquidity risk, time-varying exposure to risk factors, or changes in macroeconomic condition, cross-sectional return dispersion, and investor sentiment. The predictive performance of aggregate market illiquidity for momentum profits uniformly exceed that of market return and market volatility states. While momentum strategies are unconditionally unprofitable in US, Japan, and Eurozone countries in the last decade, they are substantial following liquid market states.

Keywords: Momentum, Liquidity

JEL Classification: G12, G14

Suggested Citation

Avramov, Doron and Cheng, Si and Hameed, Allaudeen, Time-Varying Liquidity and Momentum Profits (February 28, 2015). Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Vol. 51, No. 6, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2289745 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2289745

Doron Avramov

Reichman University - Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah ( email )

P.O. Box 167
Herzliya, 4610101
Israel

HOME PAGE: http://faculty.idc.ac.il/davramov/

Si Cheng

Syracuse University - Department of Finance ( email )

Whitman School of Management
721 University Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

HOME PAGE: http://si-cheng.net/

Allaudeen Hameed (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Finance ( email )

Mochtar Riady Building
15 Kent Ridge Drive
Singapore, 119245
Singapore

HOME PAGE: http://bizfaculty.nus.edu.sg/faculty-details/?profId=1

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