Xi Li and Rodney N. Sullivan
Volume 13, Number 4, 2015
We document the existence of an anomalous asset growth effect globally and find that it comprises some combination of a market mispricing and some pervasive global systematic risk. To support our findings, we explore a battery of tests to include how country-level governance and market characteristics explain the cross-country differences in the effect. We also find evidence that any profits to a trading strategy based on the asset growth effect globally are reduced, though not eliminated, by arbitrage costs.