Empirical evidence on the out-of-sample performance of asset-pricing anomalies is mixed so far and arguably is often subject to data-snooping bias. This paper proposes a method that can significantly reduce this bias. Specifically, we consider a long-only strategy that involves only published anomalies and non-forward-looking filters and that each year recursively picks the best past-performer among such anomalies over a given training period. We find that this strategy can outperform the equity market even after transaction costs. Overall, our results suggest that published anomalies persist even after controlling for data-snooping bias.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics
- Strategy and Management