Skewness Preference and Market Anomalies
72 Pages Posted: 6 May 2018 Last revised: 26 Nov 2019
Date Written: November 25, 2019
This study shows that investor preference for positively skewed payoffs is a common driver of mispricing across a wide range of market anomalies. Specifically, skewness-loving investors overweight overpriced stocks in their portfolios and in doing so contribute to the anomalies. Using a combined measure of mispricing based on 11 prominent anomaly strategies, we find that stocks with higher skewness are significantly more mispriced than are those with lower skewness. A factor that captures skewness-related mispricing significantly improves the performance of conventional asset pricing models in explaining the abnormal returns of anomaly strategies.
Keywords: Anomalies, commonality, skewness preference, mispricing, trading strategies.
JEL Classification: G02, G12, G14
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