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European Financial Management, VOL 24:1, January 2018
Investment Beliefs of University Endowments
Andrew Ang, Adnres Ayala and William N. Goetzmann
American university and college endowments now hold close to one-third of their portfolios in private equity and hedge funds. We estimate that at the end of 2012, the typical endowment believes that its private equity investments will outperform a portfolio of conventional assets by 3.9% per year and that hedge funds will outperform by 0.7% per year, and these out-performance beliefs have increased over time. Private universities, universities with larger endowments and higher spending rates, and those that rely more on the endowment to meet operational budgets tend to believe that alternatives deliver higher alphas.
Keywords: Hedge funds, private equity, alternative assets, portfolio choice, asset allocation
JEL Classification: G11, G14, G23
Consistent Valuation of Project Finance and LBO's using the Flows-to-equity Method
Ian Cooper and Nyborg Kjell
The flows-to-equity method is used to value transactions where debt amortises according to a fixed schedule, requiring a formula that links the changing leverage with a time-varying equity discount rate. We show that extant formulas yield incorrect valuations because they are inconsistent with the basic assumptions of this method. The error from using the wrong formula can be large, especially at currently low interest rates. We derive a formula that captures the effects of a fixed debt plan, potentially expensive debt, and costs of financial distress. We resolve an important issue about what to use as the cost of debt.
Keywords: valuation, flows-to-equity, equity cash flow, cost of equity, project finance, LBO, cost of debt
JEL Classification: G12, G24, G31, G32, G33, G34
Maximum Diversification Strategies Along Commodity Risk Factors
Simone Bernardi, Markus Leippold, and Harald Lohre
Pursuing risk-based allocation across a universe of commodity assets, we nd diversi ed risk parity (DRP) strategies to provide convincing results. DRP strives for maximum diversi cation along uncorrelated risk sources. A straightforward way to derive uncorrelated risk sources relies on principal components analysis (PCA). While the ensuing statistical factors can be associated with commodity sector bets, the corresponding DRP strategy entails excessive turnover because of the instability of the PCA factors. We suggest an alternative design of the DRP strategy relative to common commodity risk factors that implicitly allows for a uniform exposure to commodity risk premia.
Keywords: Commodity Strategies, Risk-Based Portfolio Construction, Risk Parity, Diversi - cation
JEL Classification: G11, D81
Market-based Estimates of Implicit Government Guarantees in European Financial Institutions
I exploit the price differential of credit default swap (CDS) contracts written on debts with different levels of seniority to measure the implicit government guarantees enjoyed by European financial institutions from 2005 to 2013. I determine that the aggregate guarantee increases substantially during the recent financial crises and peaks at an average of 89 bps in 2011. My analysis suggests that the extent of implicit support depends on the type of financial institutions and there exists a Eurozone effect. Further investigation of feedback relationship shows that the guarantee implicitly offered by a government positively “Granger causes” the sovereign’s default risk.
Keywords: Credit default swap, financial crisis, financial institutions, implicit government guarantees, too-big-to-fail
JEL Classification: G01, G21, G28
Optimal Ownership Structure in Private Equity
Bo Liu, Yang Liu, and Jinqiang Yang
We develop a tractable model to analyse the valuation of a general partner (GP) and the ownership allocation in a private equity (PE) fund. Our results indicate that holding ownership will increase GP's value. We further explore the influential factors that affect GP's optimal ownership decision. Our model predicts that GP's managerial skill has positive effects on GP's shareholding choice. Factors such as leverage, unspanned risks, GP's compensation have negative impacts on GP's ownership decision. The fund's maturity has a non-monotonic and concave influence. Moreover, the widely used performance measures implied by our model are consistent with empirical findings.
Keywords: private equity, illiquidity, incomplete market, ownership structure, managerial compensation
JEL Classification: G11, G23, G24
Exchange Traded Funds and Asset Return Correlations
Zhi Da and Sophie Shive
We provide novel evidence supporting the notion that arbitrageurs can contribute to return comovement via ETF arbitrage. Using a large sample of U.S. equity ETF holdings, we document the link between measures of ETF activity and return comovement at both the fund and the stock levels, after controlling for a host of variables and fixed effects and by exploiting the “discontinuity” between stock indices. The effect is also stronger among small and illiquid stocks. An examination of ETF return autocorrelations and stock lagged beta provides evidence for price reversal, suggesting that some ETF-driven return comovement may be excessive.
Keywords: exchange-traded-fund, correlation, arbitrage
JEL Classification: G23, G12
European Financial Management, VOL 24:2, March 2018
Negative Bubbles: What Happens After a Crash
William N. Goetzmann, and Dasol Kim
We study crashes using data from 101 global stock markets from 1698 to 2015. Extremely large, annual stock market declines are typically followed by positive returns. This is not true for smaller declines. This pattern does not appear to be driven by institutional frictions, financial crises, macroeconomic shocks, political conflicts, or survivorship issues.
Keywords: Negative Bubbles, Stock Market Crash, Global Markets
JEL Classification: G02, G11, G15, G17
Non-Myopic Portfolio Choice with Unpredictable Returns: The Jump-to-Default Case
Anna Battauz and Alessandro Sbuelz
If a risky asset is subject to a jump-to-default event, the investment horizon affects the optimal portfolio rule, even if the asset returns are unpredictable. The optimal rule solves a non-linear differential equation that, by not depending on the investor's pre-default value function, allows for its direct computation. Importantly for financial planners offering portfolio advice for the long term, tiny amounts of constant jump-to-default risk induce marked time variation in the optimal portfolios of long-run conservative investors. Our results are robust to the introduction of multiple non-defaultable risky assets.
Keywords: Dynamic asset allocation, time-varying hedging portfolio, jump-to-default risk, return predictability, irreversible regime change
JEL Classification: G01, G11, G12, C61
Growth Options and Firm Valuation
Holger Kraft, Eduardo Schwartz and Farina Weiss
This paper studies the relation between firm value and a firm's growth options. We find strong empirical evidence that Tobin's Q increases with firm-level volatility. The significance mainly comes from R&D firms which have more growth options than non-R&D firms. By decomposing firm-level volatility into its systematic and unsystematic part, we document that only idiosyncratic volatility has a significant effect on valuation. Second, we analyze the relation of stock returns to realized contemporaneous idiosyncratic volatility and R&D expenses. Sorting on idiosyncratic volatility yields a significant negative relation between portfolio alphas and contemporaneous idiosyncratic volatility for non-R&D portfolios.
Keywords: Firm valuation, Real options, Volatility, R&D expenses, PCA
JEL Classification: G12
Monetary Policy Uncertainty, Positions of Traders and Changes in Commodity Futures Prices
Nikolay Gospodinov and Ibrahim Jamali
This paper examines the sensitivity of commodity price changes to monetary policy uncertainty. We find evidence that the response of commodity price changes hinges on the sign of the monetary policy shock, the level of monetary policy uncertainty as well as a recession dummy. Uncertainty associated with negative monetary policy shocks leads to a decrease in commodity prices and excess speculative activity. The results from estimating an asset pricing model suggest that monetary policy uncertainty appears not to be a priced risk factor in the cross-section of commodity price changes.
Keywords: Commodity prices, monetary policy uncertainty, futures data, Fama-Macbeth regression, asset pricing model, futures basis, positions of traders, speculators.
JEL Classification: G13, G14, G17.
Pricing Sovereign Debt: Foreign Versus Local Parameters
Michael Bradley, Elisabeth de Fontenay, Irving Arturo de Lira Salvatierra, and Mitu Gulati
Sovereign bonds may be issued under either local or foreign parameters. This decision involves a tradeoff between the sovereign retaining discretion in managing the issue and relinquishing control to third parties. Examining three key bond parameters—governing law, currency, and stock exchange listing—we find that investors generally consider foreign-parameter debt to be less risky than comparable local-parameter debt of the same sovereign. By matching the foreign- and local-parameter bonds of sovereigns that have issued both, we find that, with few exceptions, both investment grade and non-investment grade sovereigns are able to issue their foreign-parameter bonds at relatively lower yields.
Keywords: contracts, asset pricing, bonds, sovereign debt, currency risk, governing law
JEL Classification: F33, F34, G15, K12
European Financial Management, VOL 24:3, June 2018
CEO Talent: A Dime a Dozen, or Worth Its Weight in Gold?
Nicholas Donatielo, David F. Larcke, and Brian Tayan
Very little sophisticated research exists on the size, quality, and efficiency of the labor market for CEO talent. Our paper sheds light on this labor market by considering the perspectives of directors directly responsible for hiring and firing the CEOs of the largest publicly traded corporations in the U.S. We find that directors overwhelmingly believe that the CEO job is exceptionally challenging and only a handful of executives are qualified to run their company and others in their industry. This suggests that the labor market for outstanding CEO talent is significantly tighter and more competitive than governance experts might realize.
Keywords: CEO labor market, CEO recruitment, CEO succession planning, internal talent development, board of directors, CEO compensation, corporate governance
JEL Classification: G34
The Contagion versus Interdependence Controversy between Hedge Funds and Equity Markets
Tae Yoon Kim and Hee Soo Lee
This study considers the ‘contagion versus interdependence’ controversy between hedge funds and equity markets. We find that contagion effects break down the established interdependence between them and conditional return smoothing could play a key role in the contagion process by increasing or decreasing the contagion likelihood during crisis and prosperity. It is noted that the return smoothing tends to produce a biased pattern of returns during crisis and a decreased amount of return during prosperity. These findings are obtained by linking single equation error correction model to factor model and carrying out quantile regression, Z-test and Wald–Wolfowitz runs test.
Keywords: hedge funds; contagion; interdependence; conditional return smoothing, single equation error correction model; factor model
JEL Classification: G01, C22, C58
Asset Pricing Puzzles in an OLG Economy with Generalized Preferences
Amadeu DaSilva and Mira Farka
We seek to explain a number of asset pricing anomalies–the equity premium puzzle, the risk-free rate puzzle, and portfolio allocation puzzle–in a parsimonious overlapping generations model (OLG) with two key features: borrowing constraint and Epstein-Zin-Weil (1989) preference. The model is able to simultaneously match asset pricing moments and individual portfolio decisions using reasonable values of parameters governing behavior. We find that the main driver of savings behavior, equity returns and asset allocation is the relative difference between the two parameters: the level of relative risk aversion and the inverse of the elasticity of substitution.
Keywords: Equity premium puzzle, Overlapping generations model, General- ized Preferences, Portfolio allocation.
JEL Classification: G0, G12, D10, E21.
Selling Winners, Buying Losers: Mental Decision Rules of Individual Investors on Their Holdings
Cristiana Cerqueira Leal, Gilberto Loureiro, and Manuel Armada
We extend the study of the disposition effect – the preference for selling (holding) current winning (losing) stocks- by adding a new element to this decision process: the investors’ preference to purchase additional units of the current losing stocks. Using a unique database, we find that individual investors prefer to sell their winning stocks and, simultaneously, hold and increase their exposure to the losing ones. The additional purchase is pervasive across investors, but stronger for less sophisticated investors. Our evidence suggests that reference prices, prior stock returns, stock visibility, and investor performance and sophistication are determinants of investors’ trading behavior.
Keywords: Disposition effect; additional purchase; portfolio choice; individual investors; mental accounting; trading decision.
JEL Classification: G02,G11,G14
Income Uncertainty and the Decision to Invest in Bulk Shipping
Ioannis Kyriakou, Panos K. Pouliasis, Nikos C. Papapostolou, and Nikos K. Nomikos
We develop a coherent framework for valuing real assets and determining the optimal time to invest. To this end, we model the stochastic nature of income, present a valuation paradigm for freight-linked assets and, using real option theory, we demonstrate its usefulness in investment appraisal and optimal timing of entry in the shipping industry. We find that long-run freight rate and volatility affect the decision timing and investment value that diminishes with increasing vessel age. As time-to-build declines, the value of the option to wait increases implying a high opportunity cost embedded in the investment decision due to construction lags.
Keywords: real options, investment, uncertainty, contingent claims, shipping
JEL Classification: C13, C63, G13, G31, L92
A Unified Theory of Forward- and Backward-looking M&As and Divestitures
Qing Ma and Susheng Wang
In a unified theory of forward- and backward-looking M&As and divestitures, an M&A today may be a cause for a divestiture in the future; conversely a divestiture today may be a consequence of an M&A in the past. M&As and divestitures are not only two sides of the same coin, they are also causes and consequences of each other. In this paper, in a two-period model, two firms consider integrating or separating in each period. We analyze forward- and backward-looking M&As and divestitures, and compare them with static M&As and divestitures.
Keywords: unified framework, forward looking, backward looking, M&A, divestiture
JEL Classification: G34
Corporate Debt Maturity and Stock Price Crash Risk
Viet Anh Dang, Edward Lee, Yangke Liu, Cheng Zeng
We find that firms with a larger proportion of short-term debt have lower future stock price crash risk, consistent with short-term debt lenders playing an effective monitoring role in constraining managers’ bad-news-hoarding behavior. The inverse relation between short-maturity debt and future crash risk is more pronounced for firms that are harder to monitor due to weaker corporate governance, higher information asymmetry, and greater risk-taking. These findings suggest that short-term debt substitutes for other monitoring mechanisms in curbing managerial opportunism and reducing future crash risk. Our study implies that short-maturity debt not only preserves creditors’ interests, but also protects shareholders’ wealth.
Keywords: debt maturity, stock price crash risk, corporate governance, information asymmetry
JEL Classification: G3, G12, G14