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J. Risk Financial Manag. 2012, 5(1), 20-58; doi:10.3390/jrfm5010020
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Stock Returns and Risk: Evidence from Quantile

1,*  and 2
1 Department of Finance, Drexel University, 33rd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA 2 Chinese Academy of Finance and Development (CAFD), Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE), China
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Published: 31 December 2012
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Abstract

This paper employs weighted least squares to examine the risk-return relation by applying high-frequency data from four major stock indexes in the US market and finds some evidence in favor of a positive relation between the mean of the excess returns and expected risk. However, by using quantile regressions, we find that the risk-return relation moves from negative to positive as the returns’ quantile increases. A positive risk-return relation is valid only in the upper quantiles. The evidence also suggests that intraday skewness plays a dominant role in explaining the variations of excess returns.
Keywords: Risk-return tradeoff; Volatility; Intraday skewness; Quantile Regression; High-frequency data Risk-return tradeoff; Volatility; Intraday skewness; Quantile Regression; High-frequency data
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