The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns in the Property/Liability Insurance Industry
64 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2015 Last revised: 26 Jun 2018
Date Written: June 26, 2018
We conduct a comprehensive asset pricing analysis for the U.S. property/liability insurance industry using monthly data from 1988 to 2015. We find that state-of-the-art models such as the Fama and French (2015) five-factor model cannot explain the returns of property/liability insurance stocks in a satisfactory way. We adapt the model proposed by Adrian, Friedman, and Muir (2015) for financial institutions and define an insurance-specific five-factor asset pricing model (INS5), which can explain the cross-section of property/liability insurance-stock returns better than competing models. The priced factors are the market return, the book-to-market ratio, return on equity, short-term reversal, and the spread between the property/liability insurance sector and the market return.
Keywords: Asset Pricing; Insurance; Multifactor Models; APT; Risk Factors
JEL Classification: G12, G22
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