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Title: International momentum strategies: A stochastic dominance approach
Authors: Fong, W.M. 
Wong, W.K.
Lean, H.H.
Keywords: Momentum
Stochastic dominance
Utility analysis
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Fong, W.M., Wong, W.K., Lean, H.H. (2005). International momentum strategies: A stochastic dominance approach. Journal of Financial Markets 8 (1) : 89-109. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper applies recent econometric tests of stochastic dominance to examine an enduring puzzle in finance: the momentum effect in stock returns (J. Finance 48 (1993) 65). We use stochastic dominance tests to distinguish between the hypothesis that there exists general asset pricing models that can explain momentum versus the alternative hypothesis that there are no asset pricing models consistent with risk-averse investors that can rationalize that effect. Using stock index data for 24 countries over the period 1989-2001, we show that winner portfolios stochastically dominate loser portfolios at second and third order. These results are robust to two subperiods with different risk and return characteristics and survive reasonable transaction costs for international index funds. Our results indicate that the search for rational asset pricing explanations for the momentum effect may be a futile one. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Financial Markets
ISSN: 13864181
DOI: 10.1016/j.finmar.2004.08.001
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