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Arbitrage Pricing Theory Model with R

Last Update: December 15, 2020

Asset pricing models consist of estimating asset expected return through its expected risk premium linear relationship with factors portfolios expected risk premiums and macroeconomic factors.

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An example of asset pricing models is arbitrage pricing theory APT [1] which consists of estimating asset expected return through its expected risk premium linear relationship with market portfolio expected risk premium and macroeconomic factors.

1. Formula notation.

1.1. Arbitrage pricing theory APT asset risk premium formula notation.

  • Note: macroeconomic factor not fixed and only included for educational purposes.

r_{a,t}-r_{f,t}=\alpha_{a}+\beta1(r_{m,t}-r_{f,t})+\beta2(\Delta CPI_{t})+e_{t}

Where r_{a,t}-r_{f,t} = asset realized risk premiums, r_{a,t} = asset realized returns, r_{f,t} = realized risk free returns, \alpha_{a} = asset average realized excess return, \beta1 = asset market beta coefficient, r_{m,t}-r_{f,t} = market realized risk premiums, r_{m,t} = market realized returns, \beta2 = asset macroeconomic factor beta coefficient, \Delta CPI_{t} = realized consumer price index percentage changes macroeconomic factor, e_{t} = linear regression residuals or forecasting errors.

1.2. Arbitrage pricing theory APT model formula notation.

  • Note: APT formula recasting using expected returns (ex-ante) instead of average realized returns (ex-post). For full reference, please read The Arbitrage Theory of Capital Asset Pricing [1].

E(r_{a})=E(r_{f})+\beta1(E(r_{m})-E(r_{f}))+\beta2(E(\Delta CPI))

Where E(r_{a}) = asset expected return, E(r_{f}) = expected risk-free return, \beta1 = asset market beta coefficient, E(r_{m})-E(r_{f}) = market expected risk premium, E(r_{m}) = market expected return, \beta2 = asset macroeconomic factor beta coefficient, E(\Delta CPI) = expected percentage change in consumer price index macroeconomic factor.

2. R script code example.

2.1. Load R package [2].


2.2. APT multiple factors model data reading.

  • Data: S&P 500® index replicating ETF (ticker symbol: SPY) adjusted close prices and market portfolio [3] monthly arithmetic returns risk premiums, U.S. consumer price index monthly arithmetic change (2007-2016).
data <- read.csv("APT-Multiple-Factors-Model-Data.txt",header=T)   
data <- xts(data[,2:4],[,1]))

2.3. APT multiple factors model multiple linear regression calculation and output.

lm(formula = data$SPY.RF ~ data$MKT.RF + data$CPI)

       Min         1Q     Median         3Q        Max 
-0.0102618 -0.0027180 -0.0003804  0.0026426  0.0101587 

              Estimate Std. Error t value Pr(>|t|)    
(Intercept)  4.202e-05  3.976e-04   0.106    0.916    
data$MKT.RF  9.715e-01  8.036e-03 120.892   <2e-16 ***
data$CPI    -1.420e-01  1.144e-01  -1.241    0.217    
Signif. codes:  0 ‘***’ 0.001 ‘**’ 0.01 ‘*’ 0.05 ‘.’ 0.1 ‘ ’ 1

Residual standard error: 0.003938 on 117 degrees of freedom
Multiple R-squared:  0.9922,	Adjusted R-squared:  0.992 
F-statistic:  7425 on 2 and 117 DF,  p-value: < 2.2e-16
3. References

[1] Stephen Ross. “The Arbitrage Theory of Capital Asset Pricing”. Journal of Economic Theory. 1976.

[2] Jeffrey A. Ryan and Joshua M. Ulrich. “xts: eXtensible Time Series”. R package version 0.12.1. 2020

[3] Eugene F. Fama and Kenneth F. French. “Common Risk Factors in the Returns on Stocks and Bonds,” Journal of Financial Economics. 1993.

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