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The CAPM is Wanted, Dead or Alive

Eugene F. Fama and Kenneth R. French
The Journal of Finance
Vol. 51, No. 5 (Dec., 1996), pp. 1947-1958
Published by: Wiley for the American Finance Association
DOI: 10.2307/2329545
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2329545
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Kothari, Shanken, and Sloan (1995) claim that βs from annual returns produce a stronger positive relation between β and average return than βs from monthly returns. They also contend that the relation between average return and book-to-market equity (BE/ME) is seriously exaggerated by survivor bias. We argue that survivor bias does not explain the relation between BE/ME and average return. We also show that annual and monthly βs produce the same inferences about the β premium. Our main point on the β premium is, however, more basic. It cannot save the Capital asset pricing model (CAPM), given the evidence that β alone cannot explain expected return.

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