215 Years of Global Multi-Asset Momentum: 1800-2014 (Equities, Sectors, Currencies, Bonds, Commodities and Stocks)

84 Pages Posted: 20 May 2015  

Christopher Geczy

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, Finance Department

Mikhail Samonov

Forefront Analytics

Date Written: May 18, 2015

Abstract

Extending price return momentum tests to the longest available histories of global financial asset returns, including country-specific sectors and stocks, fixed income, currencies, and commodities, as well as U.S. stocks, we create a 215-year history of multi-asset momentum, and we confirm the significance of the momentum premium inside and across asset classes. Consistent with stock-level results, we document a large variation of momentum portfolio betas, conditional on the direction and duration of the return of the asset class in which the momentum portfolio is built. A significant recent rise in pair-wise momentum portfolio correlations suggests features of the data important for empiricists, theoreticians and practitioners alike.

Keywords: Price Momentum, Early Security Prices, Market States, Price Reversal

JEL Classification: G12, G14

Suggested Citation

Geczy, Christopher and Samonov, Mikhail, 215 Years of Global Multi-Asset Momentum: 1800-2014 (Equities, Sectors, Currencies, Bonds, Commodities and Stocks) (May 18, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2607730 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2607730

Christopher Charles Geczy

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, Finance Department ( email )

The Wharton School
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Mikhail Samonov (Contact Author)

Forefront Analytics ( email )

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United States
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