Factor Momentum Everywhere

31 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2018 Last revised: 2 Aug 2019

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Tarun Gupta

INVESCO Global Asset Management, N.A.

Bryan T. Kelly

Yale SOM; AQR Capital Management, LLC; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: November 1, 2018


In this article, the authors document robust momentum behavior in a large collection of 65 widely studied characteristic-based equity factors around the globe. They show that, in general, individual factors can be reliably timed based on their own recent performance. A time series “factor momentum” portfolio that combines timing strategies of all factors earns an annual Sharpe ratio of 0.84. Factor momentum adds significant incremental performance to investment strategies that employ traditional momentum, industry momentum, value, and other commonly studied factors. Their results demonstrate that the momentum phenomenon is driven in large part by persistence in common return factors and not solely by persistence in idiosyncratic stock performance.

Keywords: factor momentum, time series momentum, stock price momentum

Suggested Citation

Gupta, Tarun and Kelly, Bryan T., Factor Momentum Everywhere (November 1, 2018). Yale ICF Working Paper No. 2018-23, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3300728 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3300728

Tarun Gupta

INVESCO Global Asset Management, N.A. ( email )

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Bryan T. Kelly (Contact Author)

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AQR Capital Management, LLC ( email )

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