Stock Returns and Volatility
Posted: 26 Feb 2003 Last revised: 31 Mar 2015
Date Written: January 1990
Most asset pricing models postulate a positive relationship between a stock portfolio's expected returns and risk, which is often modeled by the variance of the asset price. This paper uses GARCH-in-mean models to examine the relationship between mean returns on a stock portfolio and its conditional variance or standard deviation.
After estimating a variety of models from daily and monthly portfolio return data we conclude that any relationship between mean returns and own variance or standard deviation is weak. The results suggest that investors consider some other risk measure to be more important than the variance of portfolio returns.
Keywords: stock returns, volatility, risk, expected return
JEL Classification: G0, G1, G2, M5, C3
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