Notes on Dynamic Factor Pricing Models
NBER Working Paper No. 3677 (Also Reprint No. r1721)
These notes discuss three aspects of dynamic factor pricing (i.e., APT) models. The first one is that diversifiable idiosyncratic risk is unpredictable in a no-arbitrage world. The second feature is that the conditional factor loadings or betas on the common factors are approximately constant when returns follow an unconditional factor structure. The third topic concerns the estimation of dynamic factor pricing models in large cross-sections when returns follow an unconditional factor structure. These results aid in the interpretation of existing applications and identify some of the issues in the formulation and estimation of dynamic factor pricing models.
Published: Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 69-87, (March 1992).