Conclusion: The combination of mean reversion and momentum factors into one strategy produces significant excess returns. This model outperforms the individual pure momentum and mean-reversion strategies respectively. BACKGROUND •The contrarian strategy/ Mean reversion: osorts firms by their past returns olongs firms that performed the worst in the past and osells firms that performed the best •So does a momentum strategy: osorts firms by their past returns oshorts firms that performed worst in past and olongs firms that performed the best in the past. •Fama and French’s parametric approach momentum and mean reversion strategies performed better than the strategies individually. •Variance of momentum and mean reversion components reveals that both factors are of similar importance when deciding combination strategy portfolio choices •The correlation between momentum and mean reversion effects is quite sizeable and negative correlation therefor to be discussed jointly.
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12 | P a g e RESULTS The pure momentum strategy is equivalent to accounting only for momentum in the baseline model. All excess returns are found to be positive and significant. The pure mean reversion is when momentum value is set to zero. The returns of this strategy come back positive and significant. The corrections due to factor sensitivities and exchange rate risk are found to have little effect on the returns. Therefore factor sensitivities do not provide obvious explanation for the strategy returns. Transaction costs are significant as they eliminate just under half of the excess returns.