38 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2004
Date Written: March 3, 2004
Agents who place greater weight on the risk of downside losses than they are attach to upside gains demand greater compensation for holding stocks with high downside risk. We show that the cross-section of stock returns reflects a premium for downside risk. Stocks that covary strongly with the market when the market declines have high average returns. We estimate that the downside risk premium is approximately 6% per annum and demonstrate that the compensation for bearing downside risk is not simply compensation for market beta. Moreover, the reward for downside risk is not subsumed by coskewness or liquidity risk, and is robust to controlling for momentum and other cross-sectional effects.
Keywords: asymmetric risk, cross-sectional asset pricing, downside risk, first-order risk aversion, higher-order moments
JEL Classification: C12, C15, C32, G12
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Ang, Andrew and Chen, Joseph and Xing, Yuhang, Downside Risk (March 3, 2004). AFA 2005 Philadelphia Meetings. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=641843 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.641843
By Dušan Isakov