Interest-Rate Risk Factor and Stock Returns: A Time-Varying Factor-Loadings Model
School of Business
We extend the Fama-French three-factor model to include a risk factor that proxies for interest-rate risk faced by firms in an attempt to reduce the pricing errors that the three-factor model cannot explain. These pricing errors are observed especially in small size and low book-to-market ratio firms, which are in general more sensitive to interest-rate risk. In addition, the factor loadings are modelled as time-varying so that the investors' learning process can be taken into account. The results show that our Time-Varying-Loadings Four-Factor (TVL4) model significantly reduces the pricing errors. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.
Huang, P. & Hueng, C. J. (2009). Interest-rate risk factor and stock returns: a time-varying factor-loadings model. Applied Financial Economics, 19(22): 1813-1824. DOI: 10.1080/09603100903049674