Simpler Better Market Betas
57 Pages Posted: 6 May 2019 Last revised: 18 Aug 2020
Date Written: August 16, 2020
My paper proposes a robust and easy-to-implement one-pass beta estimator: Justified by the market-model itself, daily stock returns are first winsorized at –2 and +4 times the contemporaneous market return. The resulting “slope- winsorized” betas outpredict all other prominent estimators, including not only the Bloomberg-Merrill Lynch (Blume (1971)) beta (nearly ubiquitous on all financial websites) and the better Vasicek (1973) estimator, but also estimators that require intra-day data, super-computers, and financial statements. Adding simple age decay further improves the estimates.
Keywords: market-beta, robust estimation, winsorization
JEL Classification: G11, C58
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