# 13-180/IV/DSF66 (2013-11-07)

Author(s)
Victoria Atanasov, VU University Amsterdam; Thomas Nitschka, Swiss National Bank, Switzerland
Keywords:
international stock returns, size, value, momentum
JEL codes:
G11, G12

We document a consistent and robust relation between expected equity premia and common risk factors constructed on the basis of small stocks. Empirically, we show that (i) small-stock components of traditional value and momentum factors capture patterns in returns on regional and global portfolios of stocks; (ii) size-effect models substantially outperform benchmark models in finance; (iii) global small-stock value and momentum components are priced but regional models lead to more accurate asset evaluations; (iv) funding liquidity risk is a partial explanation of these findings.