Anomalies in Chinese A-Shares
Posted: 20 Apr 2017 Last revised: 22 May 2019
Date Written: April 30, 2017
We apply well-studied factor strategies from the U.S. equity anomalies literature to Chinese A-shares, demonstrating which factors have worked and which have not over the last two decades since the opening of China’s stock markets. We find while a number of traditional factors like value and size appear to work well in China, other factors are less effective, including A-shares momentum which works in the opposite direction. Our analysis reconciles conflicting results from the prior A-shares anomalies literature and explains differences in U.S. and Chinese factor investing experiences on the basis of unique features of China’s evolving investing landscape, including issues related to regulation, financial reporting standards, differences in market microstructure, and investor behavior. After reviewing evidence on the performance of specific factor strategies applied to A-shares, we demonstrate ways in which a deep institutional knowledge of China’s financial markets leads to more effective investment strategies through factor design and portfolio construction tailored to novel features of A-shares. Our findings will be of interest to researchers of equity anomalies and to those developing quantitative strategies for Chinese equities.
Keywords: Factors; anomalies; China
JEL Classification: G14; G15
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