Low-Beta Strategies

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Olaf Korn

University of Goettingen (Göttingen)

Laura-Chloé Kuntz

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - Chair of Finance

Date Written: June 1, 2016


This paper analyzes trading strategies designed to exploit the low-beta anomaly. Although the notion of buying low-beta stocks and selling high-beta stocks is natural, a choice is necessary with respect to the relative weighting of high-beta stocks and low-beta stocks in the portfolio. Our empirical results for US stocks show that this choice is very important for the risk-return characteristics of the resulting portfolios and their sensitivities to common risk factors. The weighting of stocks within the low-beta and high-beta portfolios and the chosen investment universe are essential design elements of low-beta strategies too. If smaller frms are excluded, risk-adjusted returns of low-beta strategies can even become insignifcant.

Keywords: low-beta anomaly, trading strategies, factor risk premiums, smart beta

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14

Suggested Citation

Korn, Olaf and Kuntz, Laura-Chloé, Low-Beta Strategies (June 1, 2016). 28th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2647474 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2647474

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Laura-Chloé Kuntz (Contact Author)

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