Journal of Financial Management, Markets and Institutions (2018-12-01)

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STOCK RETURN SKEWNESS AND BANK FEATURES

  • SILVIA BRESSAN,
  • ALEX WEISSENSTEINER

DOI
https://doi.org/10.1142/S2282717X1850010X
Journal volume & issue
Vol. 6, no. 2
pp. 1850010-1 – 1850010-17

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This paper studies to what extent bank-specific characteristics relate to stock return skewness. The main finding is that stock return skewness decreases significantly in bank size, measured in terms of total assets, i.e stocks of large banks are less skewed than those of small banks. This result holds for backward-looking skewness computed using the past stock returns, as well as for forward-looking skewness extracted from stock options. We interpret the empirical evidence by arguing that bank size increases the likelihood to have severe losses, to the point that investors expect to be compensated by receiving higher expected returns.

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