RECHERCHE ET PUBLICATIONS

Factoring Characteristics into Returns: A Clinical Approach to Fama-French Portfolio Decomposition

This paper thoroughly analyses competing construction methods for factoring characteristics into returns. We show the importance of ensuring a proper diversification of the factor's portfolio const ...

Auteur(s) :

Boris Fays

PhD candidate, University of Liège

Georges Hübner

Professor of Finance, University of Liège
Associate Professor, Maastricht University

Marie Lambert

Research Associate, EDHEC-Risk Institute

This paper thoroughly analyses competing construction methods for factoring characteristics into returns. We show the importance of ensuring a proper diversification of the factor's portfolio constituents for producing relevant and unbiased risk factors or benchmark portfolios. This is an important issue to be solved for asset pricing and performance models defined as a function of characteristics. As a practical case, the paper works on the design of size and value spread portfolios à la Fama-French. This quasi-clinical investigation examines three methodological choices that have an impact on portfolio diversification: the (in)dependence and the (a)symmetry of the stock sorting procedure, and the sorting breakpoints. A sequential and symmetric sort of stocks into long and short portfolios conditioned on control variables produces unbiased factors. Our results are stronger when whole firm samples are used to define breakpoints and are also robust to the inclusion of a third dimension in the multiple sorting.

Type : Working paper
Date : le 01/06/2018
Pôle de recherche Finance

A voir également

Pré-Master de l’EDHEC : entre bilan et nouveautés
Actualités
- 23-06-2022
En 2021, l’année de Pré-Master avait été marquée par de nouvelles évolutions. Hager...
L’EDHEC Global MBA 2e en France, selon le classement The Economist 2022
Actualités
- 22-06-2022
En 2022, The Economist distingue à nouveau l’EDHEC Global MBA en le classant 2e...
La filière droit de l’EDHEC ouvre les portes des plus grands cabinets d’avocats
Actualités
- 22-06-2022
Diplômé de la filière Business Law & Management de l‘EDHEC en 2020, Baptiste...
Le gagnant du Student Dataviz Challenge 2022 est Qiaolong LIN
Actualités
- 21-06-2022
La finale du Student Dataviz Challenge 2022 s’est déroulée à l’EDHEC sur le campus de...