CAPM Single Factor Model with R

Last Update: February 12, 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 capital asset pricing model CAPM [1] which consists of estimating asset expected return through its expected risk premium linear relationship with market expected risk premium.

  • CAPM Beta coefficient consists of estimating asset market systematic risk through the linear relationship between asset and market risk premiums.
  • Jensen’s alpha [2] consists of estimating asset average realized excess return through the difference between asset average realized return and its estimated expected return using capital asset pricing model CAPM.

1. Formula notation.

1.1. Capital asset pricing model CAPM formula notation.

E\left ( r_{a} \right )=E\left ( r_{f} \right )+\beta _{a}\left ( E\left ( r_{m} \right )-E\left ( r_{f} \right ) \right )

Where E\left ( r_{a} \right ) = asset expected return, E\left ( r_{f} \right ) = expected risk free return, \beta_{a} = asset CAPM beta coefficient, E\left ( r_{m} \right )-E\left ( r_{f} \right ) = market expected risk premium.

1.2. CAPM Beta coefficient formula notation.

if \; r_{f}=c\rightarrow \beta_{a}=\frac{\sigma\left ( r_{a}, r_{m} \right )}{\sigma^2\left ( r_{m} \right )}

if \; r_{f}\neq c\rightarrow \beta_{a}=\frac{\sigma\left ( r_{a}-r_{f},r_{m}-r_{f} \right )}{\sigma^2\left ( r_{m}-r_{f} \right )}

Where r_{f} = risk free return, c = constant, \beta_{a} = asset CAPM beta coefficient, \sigma\left ( r_{a},r_{m} \right ) = asset and market returns covariance, \sigma^{2}\left ( r_{m} \right ) = market returns variance, \sigma\left ( r_{a}-r_{f},r_{m}-r_{f} \right ) = asset and market risk premiums covariance, \sigma^{2}\left ( r_{m}-r_{f} \right ) = market risk premiums variance.

1.3. Jensen’s alpha formula notation.

    • Note: CAPM formula recasting using average realized returns (ex-post) instead of expected returns (ex-ante). For full reference, please read Jensen’s alpha [2] .

\alpha_{a}=\bar{r}_{a}-\left ( \bar{r}_{f}+\beta_{a}\left ( \bar{r}_{m}-\bar{r}_{f} \right ) \right )

Where \alpha_{a} = asset average realized excess return, \bar{r}_{a} = asset average realized return, \bar{r}_{f} = average realized risk free return, \beta_{a} = asset CAPM beta coefficient, \bar{r}_{m} = market average realized return.

2. R script code example.

2.1. Load R package [3].


2.2. CAPM single factor model data reading.

  • Data: S&P 500® index replicating ETF (ticker symbol: SPY) adjusted close prices and market portfolio [4] monthly arithmetic returns risk premiums (2007-2016).
returns <- read.csv(‘CAPM-Single-Factor-Model-Data.txt’,header=T)   
returns <- xts(returns[,2:3],[,1]))

2.3. CAPM Single Factor Model Linear Regression Calculation and Output.

lm(formula = returns$SPY.RF ~ returns$MKT.RF)

       Min         1Q     Median         3Q        Max 
-0.0102907 -0.0028757 -0.0001876  0.0029452  0.0102712 

                 Estimate Std. Error t value Pr(>|t|)    
(Intercept)    -0.0001598  0.0003637  -0.439    0.661    
returns$MKT.RF  0.9701754  0.0079800 121.575   <2e-16 ***
Signif. codes:  0 ‘***’ 0.001 ‘**’ 0.01 ‘*’ 0.05 ‘.’ 0.1 ‘ ’ 1

Residual standard error: 0.003947 on 118 degrees of freedom
Multiple R-squared:  0.9921,	Adjusted R-squared:  0.992 
F-statistic: 1.478e+04 on 1 and 118 DF,  p-value: < 2.2e-16

2.4. CAPM Beta PerformanceAnalytics R Package Function Calculation and Output.


2.5. CAPM Beta Formula Calculation and Output.


2.6. Jensen’s Alpha PerformanceAnalytcis R Package Function Calculation and Output.

3. References

[1] Jack Treynor (1961, 1962), William F. Sharpe (1964), John Lintner (1965), Jan Mossin (1966). Craig W. French. “The Treynor Capital Asset Pricing Model”. Journal of Investment Management. 2003.

[2] Michael C. Jensen. “The Performance of Mutual Funds in the Period 1945-1964”. Journal of Finance. 1968.

[3] Brian G. Peterson and Peter Carl. “PerformanceAnalytics: Econometric Tools for Performance and Risk Analysis”. R package version 1.5.3. 2019.

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