Enhanced Momentum Strategies

70 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2019 Last revised: 19 Aug 2022

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Matthias X. Hanauer

Technische Universität München (TUM); Robeco Quantitative Investments

Steffen Windmüller

Technische Universität München (TUM) - School of Management

Date Written: August 17, 2022


This paper compares the performance of three enhanced momentum strategies proposed in the literature: constant volatility-scaled momentum, constant semi-volatility-scaled momentum, and dynamic-scaled momentum. Using data for individual stocks from the U.S. and across 48 international countries, we find that all three approaches decrease momentum crashes and lead to higher risk-adjusted returns. However, in multiple factor comparison tests, no enhanced momentum strategy emerges as consistently superior. Finally, cross-country analyses relate momentum and the two constant volatility-scaled momentum returns to market dynamics, whereas dynamic-scaled momentum is significantly less affected, suggesting a reduced sensitivity to time-varying investor overconfidence.

Keywords: Anomalies, Asset pricing, Momentum, International stock markets

JEL Classification: G12, G14, G15

Suggested Citation

Hanauer, Matthias Xaver and Windmüller, Steffen, Enhanced Momentum Strategies (August 17, 2022). 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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Munich, D-80290

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Steffen Windmüller (Contact Author)

Technische Universität München (TUM) - School of Management ( email )

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Munich, DE 80333

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