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Business Analytics Seminars

The seminars are on Fridays at 11am in Room 498, Merewether Building (cnr of City Road and Butlin Avenue), unless otherwise specified.

The seminar organiser is Artem Prokhorov.

15th Aug 2014 - 11:00 am


Associate Professor Jamie Alcock,


Discipline of Finance; The University of Sydney


Rm 498 Merewether Bldg H04


Characterising the Assymetric Dependence Premium


We examine the relative importance of asymmetric dependence (AD) and systematic risk in the cross-section of US equities.  Using a ??-invariant AD metric, we demonstrate a lower-tail dependence premium equivalent to 35% of the market risk premium, compared with an upper-tail dependence discount that is 41% of the market risk premium.  Lower-tail dependence displays a constant price between 1989-2009, while the discount associated with upper-tail dependence appears to be increasing in recent years.  Subsequently, we find that return changes in US equities between 2007-2009 reflected changes in systematic risk and upper-tail  dependence.  This suggests that both systematic risk and AD should be managed in order to reduce the return impact of market downturns. Our findings have substantial implications for the cost of capital, investor expectations, portfolio management and performance assessment.

*joint work with Anthony Hatherley