# What does the Fama-French model tell us?

## What does the Fama-French model tell us?

The Fama-French Three Factor model calculates an investment’s likely rate of return based on three elements: overall market risk, the degree to which small companies outperform large companies and the degree to which high-value companies outperform low-value companies.

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**How do you do Fama in French?**

The Fama-French Three-Factor Model Formula

- r = Expected rate of return.
- rf = Risk-free rate.
- ß = Factor’s coefficient (sensitivity)
- (rm – rf) = Market risk premium.
- SMB (Small Minus Big) = Historic excess returns of small-cap companies over large-cap companies.

**How do you read SMB and HML?**

Key Takeaways

- Small minus big (SMB) is a factor in the Fama/French stock pricing model that says smaller companies outperform larger ones over the long-term.
- High minus low (HML) is another factor in the model that says value stocks tend to outperform growth stocks.

### What are the Fama French 5 factors?

Application of the Fama French 5 factor model The empirical tests of the Fama French models aim to explain average returns on portfolios formed to produce large spreads in Size, B/M, profitability and investment. Firstly, the model is applied to portfolios formed on size, B/M, profitability and investment.

**How do you do Fama in Macbeth regression?**

The parameters are estimated in two steps:

- First regress each of n asset returns against m proposed risk factors to determine each asset’s beta exposures.
- Then regress all asset returns for each of T time periods against the previously estimated betas to determine the risk premium for each factor.

**What are the three factors in the Fama French three-factor model?**

In 2013, Fama shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his empirical analysis of asset prices. The three factors are (1) market excess return, (2) the outperformance of small versus big companies, and (3) the outperformance of high book/market versus low book/market companies.

## What are the five factors in Fama French Five Factor Model?

It has been proven that a five-factor model directed at capturing the size, value, profitability, and investment patterns in average stock returns performs better than the three-factor model in that it lessens the anomaly average returns left unexplained.

**What does a positive HML mean?**

HML Finance FAQs The HML beta coefficient can also take positive or negative values. A positive beta means that a portfolio has a positive relationship with the value premium, or the portfolio behaves like one with exposure to value stocks.

**Is Fama French better than CAPM?**

Empirical results point out that Fama and French Three Factor Model is better than CAPM according to the goal of explaining the expected returns of the portfolios. However, the paper shows that the results vary depending on how the portfolios are formed.

### Is Fama French cross sectional regression?

Fama and MacBeth (1973) developed the two pass cross sectional regression method to examine whether the relation between expected return and factor betas are linear.

**Is Fama MacBeth regression a cross sectional regression or time series regression?**

We use the cross-section regression approach of Fama and MacBeth (1973) to construct cross-section factors corresponding to the time-series factors of Fama and French (2015).

**What are the risk factors of the Fama-French?**

The Fama and French model has three factors: the size of firms, book-to-market values, and excess return on the market. In other words, the three factors used are SMB (small minus big), HML (high minus low), and the portfolio’s return less the risk-free rate of return.

## Is Fama-French better than CAPM?

**What is momentum factor in Fama French model?**

The Fama-French model, developed in the 1990, argued most stock market returns are explained by three factors: risk, price (value stocks tending to outperform) and company size (smaller company stocks tending to outperform). Carhart added a momentum factor for asset pricing of stocks.

**What are the three factors in the Fama French three factor model?**

### What does positive SMB coefficient mean?

The coefficients in the Fama–French regression are often interpreted in absolute. terms, so that, for example, a positive SMB coefficient would indicate a portfolio that. favors small-cap stocks.

**What does it mean when HML is negative?**

In the term High Minus Low (HML), high represents the companies that have a high book value-to-market value ratio whereas, low represents the stocks that have a low book value-to-market value ratio.