Creating Fama and French Factors with Style

Posted: 23 Apr 2003


This paper utilizes Frank Russell style portfolios to create useful proxies for the Fama and French (1993) factors. The proxy-mimicking portfolios are shown to represent a pervasive source of exposure across U.S. industry portfolios and to generally possess similar properties to those utilized in the finance literature. Further, a set of multivariate asset-pricing tests of the three-factor Fama and French asset-pricing (FF) model based on the proxy factors fail to reject the model. However, they do not reveal strong evidence of significantly positive risk premiums, particularly in the case of the size and book-to-market factors.

Suggested Citation

Faff, Robert W., Creating Fama and French Factors with Style. The Financial Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, May 2003. Available at SSRN:

Robert W. Faff (Contact Author)

University of Queensland ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072

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