Low Risk Anomalies?
113 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2015 Last revised: 28 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 17, 2019
This paper shows that low risk anomalies in the CAPM and in traditional factor models arise when investors require compensation for coskewness risk. Empirically, we find that option-implied ex-ante skewness is strongly related to ex-post residual coskewness, which allows us to construct coskewness factor mimicking portfolios. Controlling for skewness renders the alphas of betting-against-beta and -volatility insignificant. We also show that the returns of beta- and volatility-sorted portfolios are largely driven by a single principal component, which is in turn largely explained by skewness.
Keywords: low risk anomaly, coskewness, skewness, risk premia, equity options
JEL Classification: G12
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