Seminar: Jean-Sébastien Fontaine, Bank of Canada


Bronfman Building Room 002, 1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 1G5, CA

Funding Liquidity Risk and the Cross-Section of Stock Returns

Jean-Sébastien Fontaine
Bank of Canada

Date: February 7, 2014 
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Room 002


Intermediaries should transmit funding shocks to the cross-section of returns.  Stocks that experience low returns when funding becomes scarce should exhibit higher illiquidity, higher volatility and ultimately higher risk premium. This paper documents this mechanism empirically. We show that the illiquidity and volatility of individual portfolios are positively associated with the value of funding liquidity, a measure of funding scarcity, while the portfolio returns are negatively correlated. In addition, the cross-section dispersion of illiquidity, volatility, and returns widens when funding conditions deteriorate. We find that this risk is priced. The funding liquidity risk premium explains the cross-section of returns across liquidity-, volatility-, and size-sorted portfolios. Overall, our results provide strong support for the prediction that funding liquidity plays a significant role in the determination of equity liquidity, volatility, and risk premium.

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