Enhanced Momentum Strategies

66 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2019 Last revised: 17 Nov 2019

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Matthias X. Hanauer

Technische Universität München (TUM); Robeco Quantitative Investments

Steffen Windmueller

Technical University of Munich - School of Management

Date Written: November 14, 2019


This paper compares the performance of three momentum risk management techniques proposed in the literature — idiosyncratic momentum, constant volatility-scaling and dynamic scaling. Using data for individual stocks from the U.S. and across 48 international countries, we find that all three approaches decrease momentum crashes, lead to higher risk-adjusted returns and raise break even transaction costs. In a multiple model comparison test that also controls for other factors, idiosyncratic momentum emerges as the best momentum strategy. Finally, we find that the alpha stemming from volatility-scaling is distinctive from the idiosyncratic momentum alpha.

Keywords: Momentum, Momentum Scaling, Idiosyncratic Momentum, Risk Management

JEL Classification: G12, G14, G15

Suggested Citation

Hanauer, Matthias Xaver and Windmueller, Steffen, Enhanced Momentum Strategies (November 14, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3437919 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3437919

Matthias Xaver Hanauer

Technische Universität München (TUM) ( email )

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Robeco Quantitative Investments ( email )

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Steffen Windmueller (Contact Author)

Technical University of Munich - School of Management ( email )

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Munich, DE 80333

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