Stock Market Liquidity and the Trading Costs of Asset Pricing Anomalies

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Marie Briere

Amundi Asset Management; Paris Dauphine University; Université Libre de Bruxelles

Charles‐Albert Lehalle

Capital Fund Management

Tamara Nefedova

Université Paris-Dauphine

Amine Raboun

Université Paris Dauphine

Date Written: April 30, 2019

Abstract

Using a large database of the US institutional investors’ trades, this paper revisits
the question of anomalies-based portfolio transaction costs. The real costs paid by
large investors to implement the well-identified size, value, and momentum anomalies
are lower than what has been documented in the previous studies. We find that the
average investor pays an annual transaction cost of 17bps for size, 24bps for value, and
274bps for momentum. The three strategies generate statistically significant returns
of respectively 5.21%, 2.79% and 2.77% after accounting for transaction costs. When
the market impact is taken into account, transaction costs reduce substantially the
profitability of the well-known anomalies for large portfolios, however, these anomalies
remain profitable for average size portfolios. The break-even capacities in terms of fund
size are $ 206 billion for size, $ 16.1 billion for value and $ 310 million for momentum.

Keywords: Trading Costs, Market Impact, Liquidity, Anomalies-based Investments

JEL Classification: G11, G14

Suggested Citation

Briere, Marie and Lehalle, Charles‐Albert and Nefedova, Tamara and Raboun, Amine, Stock Market Liquidity and the Trading Costs of Asset Pricing Anomalies (April 30, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=

Marie Briere (Contact Author)

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Paris Dauphine University ( email )

Université Libre de Bruxelles ( email )

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Charles‐Albert Lehalle

Capital Fund Management

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Tamara Nefedova

Université Paris-Dauphine ( email )

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Amine Raboun

Université Paris Dauphine ( email )

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Paris, Cedex 16 75775
France

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