Financial constraints and stock returns - Evidence from Australia

Howard Chan, Xin Chang, Robert Faff, Lap Bun Wong

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Using multiple discriminant analysis, we construct an index that measures firms' external financial constraints in an Australian setting. We form portfolios of firms based on our financial constraints index and find that financially constrained firms earn lower return than their unconstrained counterparts. Moreover, stock returns of financially constrained firms are found to move together, indicating the potential existence of a financial constraints factor. Neither the variation nor the mean return of the constraints factor are well explained by existing asset pricing models, suggesting an independent role for our financial constraints factor in affecting stock returns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-318
Number of pages13
JournalPacific Basin Finance Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010


  • Australian firms
  • Financial constraints
  • Stock returns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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