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Which Factors?

Kewei Hou, Haitao Mo, Chen Xue, Lu Zhang

NBER Working Paper No. 20682
Issued in November 2014, Revised in July 2018

---- Acknowledgments ----

This version supersedes our previous work circulated under the titles “A Comparison of New Factor Models” and “Motivating Factors.” For helpful comments, we thank our discussants Ilan Cooper, Raife Giovinazzo, Serhiy Kozak, Kai Li, Scott Murray, David Ng, Christian Opp, Jay Shanken, Timothy Simin, and Zhenyu Wang, as well as Jonathan Berk, Michael Brennan, David Chapman, Andrei Goncalves, Don Keim, Jim Kolari, Dongxu Li, Jim Poterba, Berk Sensoy, Rob Stambaugh, René Stulz, Sheridan Titman, Michael Weisbach, Tong Yao, and other seminar participants at Baruch College, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, PBC School of Finance at Tsinghua University, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Seoul National University, Texas A&M University, The Ohio State University, University of Iowa, University of Miami, University of Missouri, and University of Southern California, as well as the 2015 Arizona State University Sonoran Winter Finance Conference, the 2015 Chicago Quantitative Alliance Annual Academic Competition, the 2015 Financial Intermediation Research Society Conference, the 2015 Florida State University SunTrust Beach Conference, the 2015 Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research Conference on Financial Decisions and Asset Market at Wharton, the 2015 Society for Financial Studies Finance Cavalcade, the 2015 University of British Columbia Summer Finance Conference, the 2016 HKUST Finance Symposium, the 27th Annual Conference on Financial Economics and Accounting, and the 7th McGill Global Asset Management Conference. All remaining errors are our own. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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