Are Co-Skewness and Co-Kurtosis Factors Priced?

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This paper investigates whether co-skewness and co-kurtosis are priced in US stocks over the period from July 1963 to December 2010, using the Fama and Macbeth (1973) method. The results in this paper suggest that these moment based variables are subsumed by the Fama and French (1992, 1993) three-factor model. We also include a momentum factor in our analysis but find little support for this factor except in the earlier part of our study period (July 1963 to December 1990). Our findings reaffirm the importance of size and book-to-market factors in the US stock market.
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JournalSSRN Working Paper Series
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Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Kurtosis
Coskewness
Market factors
Book-to-market
Stock market
Fama-French three-factor model
Momentum

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