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Abstract

We document considerable return comovement associated with accruals after controlling for other common factors. An accrual-based factor-mimicking portfolio has a Sharpe ratio of 0.16, higher than that of the market factor or the SMB and HML factors of Fama and French 1993. In time series regressions, a model that includes the Fama-French factors and the additional accrual factor captures the accrual anomaly in average returns. However, further time series and cross-sectional tests indicate that it is the accrual characteristic rather than the accrual factor loading that predicts returns. These findings favor a behavioral explanation for the accrual anomaly.



Item Type: MPRA Paper -

Institution: Merage School of Business, UC Irvine-

Original Title: The Accrual Anomaly: Risk or Mispricing?-

Language: English-

Keywords: Capital markets; accruals; market efficiency; behavioral finance; limited attention-

Subjects: M - Business Administration and Business Economics ; Marketing ; Accounting ; Personnel Economics > M4 - Accounting and Auditing > M41 - AccountingG - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G12 - Asset Pricing ; Trading Volume ; Bond Interest RatesG - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G14 - Information and Market Efficiency ; Event Studies ; Insider TradingG - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G11 - Portfolio Choice ; Investment Decisions-





Author: Hou, Kewei

Source: https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/5173/







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