What Explains the Dynamics of 100 Anomalies?

Heiko Jacobs

University of Mannheim, Finance Department

March 23, 2015

Journal of Banking and Finance, Volume 57, Pages 65–85

Are anomalies strongest when investor sentiment or limits of arbitrage are considered to be greatest? We empirically explore these theoretically deducted predictions. We first identify, categorize, and replicate 100 long-short anomalies in the cross-section of expected equity returns. We then comprehensively study their interaction with popular proxies for time-varying market-level sentiment and arbitrage conditions. We find a powerful (relatively weak) role of the variation in proxies for sentiment (arbitrage constraints). In this context, the predictive power of sentiment is mostly restricted to the short leg of strategy returns. Our insights collectively suggest that the dynamics of sentiment combined with the base level (and not primarily the variations) of limits to arbitrage provide at least a partial explanation for inefficiencies.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 55

Keywords: anomalies, limits to arbitrage, sentiment, return predictability, behavioral finance

JEL Classification: G12, G14

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Date posted: February 15, 2015 ; Last revised: November 8, 2015

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Jacobs, Heiko, What Explains the Dynamics of 100 Anomalies? (March 23, 2015). Journal of Banking and Finance, Volume 57, Pages 65–85. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2564706 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2564706

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