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Factor demand and factor returns

Peng, Cameron and Wang, Chen (2021) Factor demand and factor returns. Financial Markets Group Discussion Papers (829). Financial Markets Group, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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A mutual fund's demand for a pricing factor, measured by the loading of the fund's returns on the factor's returns, is persistent over time. When stock characteristics are time-varying and change frequently, persistence in factor demand generates a need for rebalancing. This rebalancing motive, in turn, leads to predictable trading from mutual funds and contributes to cross-sectional return predictability. In particular, when there is a "mismatch" between a stock's characteristic and the underlying funds' demand for that characteristic, the "mismatched" stock will face selling pressure from the underlying funds and subsequently earn lower returns. Double-sorting on stocks' characteristics and mutual funds' factor demand refines value and momentum strategies, generating abnormal returns that cannot be explained by subsequent fundamentals or retail trading flows.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Finance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
JEL classification: G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G12 - Asset Pricing; Trading volume; Bond Interest Rates
G - Financial Economics > G2 - Financial Institutions and Services > G23 - Pension Funds; Other Private Financial Institutions
Date Deposited: 23 May 2023 12:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:27

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