Liquidity Risk and Expected Stock Returns

38 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2001

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Lubos Pastor

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

Robert F. Stambaugh

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: August 2001

Abstract

This study investigates whether market-wide liquidity is a state variable important for asset pricing. We find that expected stock returns are related cross-sectionally to the sensitivities of returns to fluctuations in aggregate liquidity. Our monthly liquidity measure, an average of individual-stock measures estimated with daily data, relies on the principle that order flow induces greater return reversals when liquidity is lower. Over a 34-year period, the average return on stocks with high sensitivities to liquidity exceeds that for stocks with low sensitivities by 7.5% annually, adjusted for exposures to the market return as well as size, value, and momentum factors.

Keywords: Asset pricing, liquidity risk, expected returns

JEL Classification: G12

Suggested Citation

Pastor, Lubos and Stambaugh, Robert F., Liquidity Risk and Expected Stock Returns (August 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=279804 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.279804

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