Agnostic Fundamental Analysis Works
56 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2015 Last revised: 18 Dec 2017
Date Written: October 7, 2015
To assess stock market informational efficiency with minimal data snooping, we take the view of a statistician with little knowledge of finance. The statistician uses techniques like least squares to estimate peer-implied fair values from the market values of replicating portfolios with the same accounting statements as the company being valued. Divergence of a company’s peer-implied value estimate from its market value represents mispricing, motivating a convergence trade that earns risk-adjusted returns of up to 10% per year and is economically significant for both large and small cap firms. The rate of convergence decays to zero over the subsequent 34 months.
Keywords: Valuation, asset pricing, market efficiency, fundamental analysis, Point-in-Time, Theil-Sen
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14
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