# Questions tagged [fama-french]

The three-factor or the five-factor statistical model created by Eugene Fama and Kenneth French to explain stock returns.

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### How to build a factor model?

Factor models such as Fama-French or the other ones that are partially summarized here work on the cross-section of asset returns. How are the factors built, how are sensitivities/coefficients ...
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### Fama-Macbeth second step confusion

I am confused on how to run the second step of the Fama Macbeth (1973) two step procedure. I have monthly stock returns and monthly Fama-French factors, for around 10,000 stocks. This creates an ...
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### Clustered vs. GMM-based standard errors: which ones to use in asset pricing?

Consider estimating an asset pricing model such as the CAPM or a multifactor model using monthly data. Petersen (2009) section "Asset pricing application" suggests use of standard errors ...
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### how to interpret the GRS F test values?

I'm comparing the performance of Fama French three factor and Carhart four factor models. For the regression analysis, I have used the 25 Value Weighted portfolios sorted on size and B/M. The Table ...
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### Fama MacBeth cross-sectional Regression

I am deeply confused right now and hope someone can help me out a bit. I want to replicate part of a paper from Fama/French (2008), Dissecting anomalies, specifically, Table IV "Average Slopes ...
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### Calculating the pricing error in Fama-Macbeth Regression for Fama/French 5 Factor model

I'm very much new to this area and I need to know on how to calculate the pricing error in Fama/French 5-Factor model. The evaluation was done using the Fama-Macbeth approach. I did everything as ...
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### Interpreting the coefficients of Fama-MacBeth regression

According to Fama & MacBeth (1973) two-step regression, you start with estimating the beta factors. When applying the Fama-French 3-Factor model, you first run the linear regression r_{i,t}=α_i+...
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### Fama-French Data from daily to monthly returns

Ken French on his website publishes daily, monthly and yearly returns for the Fama-French 3 Factors model which are excess market (Rm-Rf), small-minus-big (SMB) and high-minus-low (HML) returns. I ...
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### Fama French & Solving for Alpha

This is a question about comparing results from the Fama french 3 factor model. I have not physically done this, but let's assume a Fama French 3 factor regression was performed for Coca-Cola (KO) ...
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### Fama-French Factors in €

I am having a bit of a problem with currency conversion issues. What I do: I sort European stocks based on their book-to-market ratio, each year I form a portfolio (equal-weight) with the 10 stocks ...
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### Fama French sorting

I am trying to calculate my own monthly fama french factors SMB and HML and I have a general question about a final screening act. I understand that to sort companies in june of year $t$ they need to ...
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### Rationale of Fama Macbeth procedure

I am confused about the rationale behind the Fama Macbeth regression methodology. I understand how to practically perform the two steps but not why one should do so. For instance, considering the ...
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### Interpreting Fama-French factors for the German stock market

I calculated the Fama-French five factors myself for the German market. Most of my results align well with prior research, except one thing: When i do the calculations for the sub-period from 2011 to ...
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### How to use factor models for prediction?

I was looking at this thread here, reading about how to run regressions and thereby construct factor models. Assuming these factor models are properly specified, I am trying to better understand how ...
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### Intuition behind Fama-French factors

In the Fama-French 3-factor model the portfolio returns are explained by the market the SMB factor (Small [market capitalization] Minus Big) and the HML factor (High [book-to-market ratio] Minus Low)...
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### "Risk" Factor vs Double Sorts

With regards to a cross-sectional asset pricing (stocks) study, I am testing if one variable can explain another. One common approach to do this, is to use the double-sorting portfolio technique (sort ...
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### Fama French (2000): Characteristics, Covariances and Average Returns - intuition behind sorting of the returns

I am in the middle of doing my graduate programme in Accounting and Finance. Right now, I am taking a ph.D level course in Asset Pricing, wherein our first assignment/task is to recreate some tables ...
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### Are Fama-Macbeth R-Squared (R2) just assymptotically correct?

I have been doing a research on comparing Fama-MacBeth and panel regression procedures. Think of it as an emerging market case for Petersen (2009) link. My research consists of a route based on full-...
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### what does "share codes" in Fama and French (2015) exactly mean?

I am new to US stocks and find that US stocks are distinguished by ticker symbols. For example, AAPL is for Apple Inc. hwoever, in CRSP and COMPUSTAT, there are CUSIP, PERMNO and PERMCO to distinguish ...
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### How exactly do I calculate and interpret factors in Fama-French model?

Could anyone explain me how to interpret factors and what kind of regressions I should run? I have already calculated the factor returns as well as 6 Fama-French portfolio returns, the only problem ...
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### Best practice for international Fama-French analysis

First I have to admit that I have never been really good at thinking about the implications of investments in different currencies. I don't know why but it makes my head spin, this is why I am no FX ...
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### Why exposure to the profitability factor increases investment premium?

I'm a DIY investor that attempts to put together his market portfolio, tilted to increase factor exposure. Currently, I'm trying to do it based on the French-Fama 5-factor model. This model contains ...
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### Finance: Portfolio - Long Short Portfolio construction

I am trying to construct a Long / Short portfolio in R. Say I have two portfolios Tech and Mature and I want to go long on the <...
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### Are Fama French Factors market neutral?

I was wondering whether the famous fama-french factors such as e.g. SMB and HML are market neutral? I know that they are long-short factors in the sense that the net investment is essentially zero, ...
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### Why do Fama French use NYSE breakpoints in the factors creation

Why do Fama French use NYSE breakpoints in the factors creation and not just aggregate all the stocks on the three exchanges and use that to create the portfolios used to create factors.
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### How would you in practice use factor models (like Fama French) to make decisions?

So I understand that the Fama-French factor model relates a stock's excess return with its beta, market cap, and book to price. How does one use the model in practice? Do people assume that market ...
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### Why were Fama/French Momentum Factors discontinued in 2016?

Is there a reason or some reference somewhere why the Fama/French Momentum Factors (WML) were discontinued at June 30, 2016, see e.g. here: http://mba.tuck.dartmouth.edu/pages/faculty/ken.french/...
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### How to deal with missing returns when creating value (equal) weighted returns

recently I am doing cross sectional regressions, and getting confused about missing returns. Suppose we have 100 stocks, then we want to construct a value weighted return (or equal weighted return). ...
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### How are Fama French Factor Returns for the last 3 and 12 months calculated?

In the Fama/French data library the monthly research factors for the Fama-French-3-Factor-Model and the Fama-French-5-Factor-Model are presented. I don't see how they are calculating the factor ...
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### Rsquared in Fama Macbeth using rolling window

I am trying to do Fama Macbeth regression on some tradable factors using 5-year rolling window updated monthly. However, I am a little bit confused when calculating the final R-squared of the model. I ...
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### How does Kenneth French create the industry portfolio returns?

Kenneth Frenches Data Library includes industry portfolios. Is this done via a software of some type. I have some stock returns but I want to calculcated the returns of the industries in the ...
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