# Transform Fama French Returns to Euro

I constructed a global portfolio and calculate it's daily return in Euro.

Now i want to do the regression with the Fama-French daily factor-returns (HML, SMB). However, these returns can only be found in USD on their website.

Can I simply convert the daily Fama-French returns into Euro with the following formula:

$$(1+r_{\mathrm{EUR}}) = (1 + r_\mathrm{{USD}}) \cdot (1+ r_{\mathrm{currency}})$$

where $$r_{\mathrm{currency}}$$ equals EUR/USD in time $$t$$, divided by EUR/USD in $$t-1$$, minus 1.

### I would recommend you to convert your global portfolio returns into US-$Kenneth French provides several global factor-returns for the entire global stock market of developed countries. The description states, that all returns are in U.S. dollars, include dividends and capital gains, and are not continuously compounded. Further: [...] The global portfolios use global size breaks, but we use the B/M breakpoints for the four regions to allocate the stocks of these regions to the global portfolios. [...] So in fact, before calculating size- and book-to-market breakpoints, all these measures are converted into US-\$ instead of using local currencies. Therefore, i recommend you to convert your daily portfolio return into US-\$(simple currency conversion) and apply your regression approach with US-$ portfolio returns. This is a common approach in international empirical research, as your results are based from the view of a US-investor and therefore your results are comparable to US-studies.
Furthermore, if you just convert the factor-returns from US-\$into Euro, you would omit the fact, that the associated breakpoints and therefore the portfolio sort is based on variables measured in US-\$. This would bias your factor-exposure, so results are quite useless and not easily to interpret.