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Weighing asset pricing factors: a least squares model averaging approach

Yue Qiu, Yu Ren () and Tian Xie

Quantitative Finance, 2019, vol. 19, issue 10, 1673-1687

Abstract: Empirical evidence has demonstrated that certain factors in asset pricing models are more important than others for explaining specific portfolio returns. We propose a technique that evaluates the factors included in popular linear asset pricing models. Our method has the advantage of simultaneously ranking the relative importance of those pricing factors through comparing their model weights. As an empirical verification, we apply our method to portfolios formed following Fama and French [A five-factor asset pricing model. J. Financ. Econ., 2015, 116, 1–22] and demonstrate that models accommodated to our factor rankings do improve their explanatory power in both in-sample and out-of-sample analyses.

Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1080/14697688.2019.1602276

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