Is Japan Different? Evidence on Momentum and Market Dynamics

20 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2014

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Matthias X. Hanauer

Robeco Asset Management - Quantitative Strategies; Technische Universität München (TUM)

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Date Written: March 2014


Recent evidence for the US indicates that momentum profits are conditional on market dynamics. This paper documents that the following finding holds for the Japanese market as well: momentum returns are significantly higher when the market stays in the same condition than when it transitions to the other state. This evidence is consistent with the behavioral model of Daniel et al. ([Daniel, K., 1998], Journal of Finance 53(6), 1839–1885.). Furthermore, market transitions occurred more frequently in Japan compared to the US. These results explain why average momentum returns have historically been low in Japan, a fact generally referred to as an empirical failure of momentum. Overall, my findings indicate that different market dynamics, and not different momentum, cause the overall low momentum returns in Japan.

Suggested Citation

Hanauer, Matthias Xaver, Is Japan Different? Evidence on Momentum and Market Dynamics (March 2014). International Review of Finance, Vol. 14, Issue 1, pp. 141-160, 2014. Available at SSRN: or

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