Discussion paper

DP10804 Size and Momentum Profitability in International Stock Markets

We study the link between the profitability of momentum strategies and firm size, drawing on an extensive dataset covering 23 stock markets across the globe. We first present evidence of an ?extreme? size premium in a large number of countries. These size premia, however, are most likely not realizable due to low stock market depth. We also show that international momentum profitability declines sharply with market capitalization. Momentum premiums are also considerably diminished by trading costs, when taking into account the actual portfolio turnover incurred when implementing this strategy. In contrast to strategies based on size, we find that momentum premia especially for medium-sized stocks still remain economically and statistically significant in most equity markets worldwide after adjusting for transaction costs.


Wagner, A and A Schrimpf (2015), ‘DP10804 Size and Momentum Profitability in International Stock Markets‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 10804. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp10804