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The asset rate of returns is the profit on a particular investment; it includes any change in the asset value, interest, commission or dividends and so, all other cash-flows which an investors receive or pays due to the investment.

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Empirical duration and convexity for bonds using linear regression

I have a given time series of bond yields from Quandl. From the time series, I have taken a sample to simulate a path of bond yields by Monte Carlo in Python. I have to do the following task: "...
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Have any other factor “styles” which explain equity returns been uncovered?

I know this is an inherently broad question, so I will attempt to clarify what I mean by factor "styles". I am not looking for a compendium of "anomalies", per se, but rather for categorical themes ...
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Portfolio return through beta [closed]

Considering the beta value of the three assets in my portfolio simulation and the weights of the assets, i have computed the beta of the portfolio itself. How can i calculate the expected return of ...
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How does this return decomposition work?

http://image-src.bcg.com/Images/BCG-Value-Creators-2017-Appendix-July-2017_tcm9-166061.pdf The paper here decomposes total shareholder return into different components. Here is my derivation of the ...
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Ways to calculate daily returns

A complete rookie here. I'm currently reading Ernie Chan's 'Algorithmic Trading' and trying to recreate his results with quantstrat in R. Everything seems to be fine except for portfolio return ...
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Problems with Money Weighted Rate of Return [closed]

The market value of a small pension fund’s assets was 2.7m on 1 January 2000 and 3.1 m on 31 December 2000. During 2000 the only cash flows were: Bank interest and dividends totalling 125,000 ...
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Estimation Risk-Neutral Variance of Returns

I am trying to find a method which allows me to estimate $Var_{\mathbb{Q}}\left(\frac{S_{t_{i+1}}}{S_{t_i}}\right)$ where $S$ denotes the price process of an underlying stock (which has to be assumed ...
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Intuitive explanation of geometric mean

Suppose that the 10 Year Treasury Yield Rate varies every trading day during the year X1 (which in practice is accurate) what is the intuitive explanation behind calculating the geometric mean using ...
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Price is Log-normal distributed, yet the return is non-normal

I have a price series. The natural logarithm of the price shows good normality. As shown in the standardized normal probability plot below: However, by viewing the standardized normal probability ...
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Does forecasting asset returns by default assumes non-stationarity of asset returns?

If we assume the assets returns are stationary then the best forecast can only be the mean of the distribution. But if we assume non-stationarity we are forecasting the mean parameter (assuming ...
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Is the Fama-French website data free of the serious selection bias pre-1962 where it's tilted toward big historically successful firms?

Fama and French use data starting in 1963 in both 1) "Common risk factors in the returns on stocks and bonds" (1993) and 2) "The cross-section of expected stock returns" (1992) and mention in (2) ...
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Why do Fama French's “Common risk factors in the returns on stocks and bonds” use data starting in 1963? Availability or convenience for results?

What is the reason Fama French's "Common risk factors in the returns on stocks and bonds" use data starting in 1963? Was it availability or convenience for results?
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Is variation in price-dividend ratios that is attributable to excess returns due to variation in returns or variation in risk free rates?

Cochrane and Fama show that "all variation in price-dividend ratios corresponds to changes in expected excess returns -risk premiums- and none corresponds to news about future dividend growth". Is ...
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Simple Compounding vs Continuous Compounding in return series

I'm creating a log price series in MATLAB. This is fairly easy to do using standard functions. Given a price series prices: ...
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Average return per period for a total loss

Short version: Is there a meaningful notion of "average return per period" for an investment whose value falls to zero over time? Long version: Call the gross return on an investment the ratio $\...
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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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What are necessary adjustments to returns in CRSP?

I guess this is a pretty straight forward and basic question. I am using the entire CRSP universe from 1962-2016 and my goal is to replicate a research paper. However, I realized that the average (...
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Getting monthly return using quantmod, if input ticker is a variable

I am new to package quantmod and quandl. I encountered a problem while I was trying to fetch period return data. Below is my ...
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Definition of log return of an asset [closed]

What is the general usage of the term daily log returns $Y_t$ of an asset? (1) or (2)? $$(1) \text{ } Y_t = log (\frac{p_t}{p_{t-1}})$$ OR $$(2) \text{ } Y_t = log (\frac{p_t-p_{t-1}}{p_{t-1}})$$ for ...
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Why should we care if the “squares of returns are independently distributed over time” to choose an adequate model of the distribution of returns?

In a Time Series Book by Hashem Pesaran, he mentions that there are a number of issues that need to be addressed in order to choose an adequate model for predicting asset returns. I understand the ...
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How to calculate the annual contribution of a fund to a portfolio of funds?

let's assume I have a portfolio of two funds (call them F1 and F2), where, by convention, there is a monthly compounding of the returns. On a monthly basis, the contribution of each fund will just be ...
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Should the valuation decision of the following question be undervalued or overvalued?

The official solution to this question is B, but I don't understand that if the recommendation is given by the CAPM model, then the CAPM estimated return should be regarded as "fair" and benchmark for ...
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Simulating asset returns: (Academia) state of the art

I want to run some simulation studies of (linear) factor models and for that reasons I am wondering about the features such a simulation should contain - every suggestion is welcome, I'll do my best ...
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Portfolio returns with unequal asset return histories

Using the package PerformanceAnalytics in R, I am trying to calculate the return of an equal-weighted portfolio that contains 30 assets. However, these assets do not have the same starting point in ...
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Cumulative portfolio returns vs. product of cumulative asset returns

I wasn't able to find something that addressed this specifically with the search terms I was using, though I am sure an answer exists here. [Please reference the image below] Columns B & C are ...
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Understanding pooled VAR model

I encountered a paper by Vuolteenaho (2002) in which he uses pooled VAR model. I have some troubles understanding the idea. He uses firm level variables (log returns, ROE, etc.) and ultimately he ...
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average return Vs cumulative return interpretation

I am looking for the interpretation which distinguishes between average return and cumulative return. I have two portfolios : the average return of portfolio 2 = 3 10E-4 per day while the average ...
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What are the essential characteristics of asset prices?

I think the question has already been asked about stylized facts of asset returns; this question regards the essential characteristics and normative assumptions used to evaluate asset prices. I.e., ...
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Questions on continuously compounded return vs long term expected return

I have reading a paper from Oliver Grandville on long term expected return. I am trying to reconcile what I am reading in that paper vs what I see under "Application to Stock Market" in Kelly ...
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Looking at distribution of yearly returns of time series

For S&P, or any time series for that matter. When doing analysis on the distribution of the yearly returns, should I be looking at 1) the daily year over year values, 2) pick some starting point ...
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Aggregation to MSCI world return from subindicies

I have Bloomberg Data PX_LAST for the MSCI world (MXWO Index). I also have Bloomberg Data PX_LAST for all subindices for the ...
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Ljung_Box Statistic of R and R^2 values in Return analysis

I have found a result that I find truly puzzling. Here is an extract from a GARCH-Analysis I have performed: Test______________Statistic_______p-Value Ljung-Box Test_____R Q(10)_____0.4047773 ...
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Predict probability of returns: How does changing volatility affect the return pdf?

I am trying to predict the future probability of stock returns based on the return distribution. Therefore I calculate the returns as $\frac{P(t)}{P(t-1)}$ for the whole daily data and fit a ...
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kalman filter for a multifactor model in R

I am trying to set up a time varying factor model for the purpose of return decomposition via kalman filter. Following this example and slightly modifying it so as to accommodate for more than one ...
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How does one create an alpha signal

I am curious and want to do some personal research into alpha signals, but I couldn't find much relevant information. What I think will be the way to is to start with a return series, build a long- ...
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Granger causality with stocks and CDS

I would like to take a closer look at stock prices and CDS spreads of different entities. Because both of them are nonstationary in levels, I use log stock returns and the first difference of the CDS. ...
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Momentum strategy cumulation of K-monthly returns over multiple months [duplicate]

In a momentum strategy, every month you form a portfolio of winners. Each of these portfolio you hold for K months. So after K months you sell the 1st portfolio, after K+1 months you sell the next and ...
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Regressing non-USD returns on FF 3-factor returns

I am analysing some portfolio returns from the perspective of a Danish investor, i.e. in the local currency, DKK. I want to regress portfolio returns in DKK on the returns of a 3 factor Fama & ...
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How do I estimate the volatiliy of my portfolio with an estimator that requires High, Low, Open, etc

I have obtained the daily returns of my portfolio $R^{port}_t$ using a certain strategy. Now I want to estimate the realized volatility $\sigma^{port}_t$ using the past 60 days. An obvious way to do ...
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Control for non-synchronous trading in correlations

I am trying to replicate some results from the Betting Against Beta paper by Frazzini & Pedersen. In section 3.1, Estimating Ex Ante Betas, they illustrate their approach to correlations: [we ...
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Getting Returns from Local Currency to USD

I want to get the daily returns in USD given returns in local currency (say Japanese Yen). Say for example, on February 3rd according to Factset, the returns of Inpex Corp (Japan) are: In USD: 0....
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Calculation of dividend yield from index returns

For a research project, I need to find or calculate dividend yield for all the index of major countries in the world (e.g: s&p500,DAX,CAC40 and so on), and I am struggling a bit with it. I cannot ...
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Converting international equity returns to USD

Background: I am trying to replicate some results from the Betting Against Beta paper by Frazzini & Pedersen (FP). (http://www.econ.yale.edu/~af227/pdf/Betting%20Against%20Beta%20-%20Frazzini%...
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R squared statistic in predictions of returns

My question is related to an article which use predictive linear regression for the stock returns. There is told that R squared statistic of 1.6% is high. How can we measure which R squared is high? I ...
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Calculating Quarterly Returns using Daily Prices in R

I am trying to compute quarterly returns with daily stock prices. However, I don't want to use the quantmod function "quarterlyReturn(x)" for each single stock but instead for the whole list of stocks....
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relationship between volatility and equity premium

I am working on the equity premium. Does anybody know one or two authors who address the relationship between volatility and equity premium? I.e. how does vola influence the equity premium? In ...
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Calculating the returns of a long/short strategy

I feel like an idiot asking this but i haven't found the answer anywhere. I have backtestest a paris trading strategy, while calculating the returns of the strategy I run into some problems when the ...
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Risk-adjusted returns ratio that does not reward high risk for negative returns

Think of Sharpe ratio, Treynor ratio, or anything where (excess) returns $r$ are divided by something that represents risk, $\sigma$: $$\mathrm{performance} = \frac{r}{\sigma}$$ If the returns are ...
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Return on investment in spreads

I have a hard time getting my head around this. Let's say you have a strategy that consists in buying one future spread, for instance CL Z7-Z8 (crude oil dec17 minus dec18). It's easy to calculate the ...
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How do you define returns when price may be negative (electricity price)?

I'm trying to model GARCH volatility on electricity prices. Typically the first step is to use prices to obtain log returns to make them stationary. I have encountered a small problem however: ...

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