Financial distress and idiosyncratic volatility: An empirical investigation

Jing Chen, Lorn Chollete, Rina Ray
Journal of Financial Markets,Vol. 13, Issue 2, Pages: 249-267.

We investigate the link between distress and idiosyncratic volatility. Specifically, we examine the twin puzzles of anomalously low returns for high idiosyncratic volatility stocks and high distress risk stocks, documented by Ang et al.(2006) and Campbell et al.(2008), respectively. We document that these puzzles are empirically connected, and can be explained by a simple, theoretical, single-beta CAPM model.
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