Downside Beta and the Cross Section of Equity Returns: A Decade Later

32 Pages Posted: 19 May 2020

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Yigit Atilgan

Sabanci University

K. Ozgur Demirtas

Sabanci University Graduate School of Management

A. Doruk Gunaydin

Sabanci University

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Date Written: March 2020

Abstract

This study reexamines the relation between downside beta and equity returns in the United States. First, we replicate the 2006 work of Ang, Chen, and Xing who find a positive relation between downside beta and future equity returns for equal‐weighted portfolios of NYSE stocks. We show that this relation doesn't hold after using value‐weighted returns or controlling for various return determinants. We also extend the original sample, add AMEX/NASDAQ stocks or utilize alternative downside beta measures and still find no downside risk premium. We focus on factor analysis results, persistence of downside beta, and various subsamples to understand the economic reasons behind the findings.

Keywords: asset pricing, downside beta, downside risk, equity returns, tail risk

Suggested Citation

Atilgan, Yigit and Demirtas, K. Ozgur and Gunaydin, A. Doruk, Downside Beta and the Cross Section of Equity Returns: A Decade Later (March 2020). European Financial Management, Vol. 26, Issue 2, pp. 316-347, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3600308 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eufm.12258

Yigit Atilgan

Sabanci University ( email )

Orta Mahalle Üniversite Caddesi 27
Istanbul, Orhanli, 34956 Tuzla 34956
Turkey

K. Ozgur Demirtas (Contact Author)

Sabanci University Graduate School of Management ( email )

Sabanci University, School of Management
Orhanli Tuzla
Orhanlı-Tuzla, Istanbul, 34956
Turkey
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A. Doruk Gunaydin

Sabanci University ( email )

School of Management
Orhanli Tuzla
İstanbul, 34956
Turkey

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