Tulane University Professors Win the 2018 NAAIM Founders Award and $5,000f or their White Paper - Earnings Acceleration and Stock Returns

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2018 Winning paper sets out to test what drives inefficiencies in the financial markets that leaves "money on the table" and opportunities for trading strategies to produce above market returns

Professors Shuoyuan He and Gans Narayanamoorthy of Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, have been named the 2018 first place winners of the National Association of Active Investment Managers (NAAIM) Founders Award for Advances in Active Management.

Professors He and Narayanamoorthy received $5,000 and presented their paper - Earnings Acceleration and Stock Returns - at the NAAIM Uncommon Knowledge Conference in Orlando, FL.

Academic research tends to lean towards the belief that markets are efficient and price contains all the known information about a stock. Professors He and Narayanamoorthy set out in their paper to test what drives inefficiencies in the financial markets that leaves “money on the table” and opportunities for trading strategies to produce above market returns.

Their paper determines that earnings acceleration, defined as the quarter-over-quarter change in seasonal earnings growth, has significant explanatory power for future excess returns. These excess returns are robust to a wide range of previously documented anomalies as well as a battery of risk controls. While earnings momentum can potentially capture price trend one quarter ahead, earnings acceleration has positive implications for second and third quarter pricing. Different patterns of earnings acceleration provide opportunities for long-short hedge trades that create return in excess of the market over the period of the study.

“Any evidence of systematic mispricing in academic research needs to be highly robust. Documenting an anomaly that meets this high standard is clearly significant. In our research, we asked, are investors missing something fundamental?” Dr. Narayanamoorthy explained at the NAAIM conference. “The earnings acceleration anomaly demonstrates robustness and provides support for the role of quantitative and technical analyses in the development of trading strategies.”

Dr. He and Dr. Narayanamoorthy’s paper, Earnings Acceleration and Stock Returns, is available on the NAAIM website at http://www.naaim.org, along with winning papers from prior competitions.

The NAAIM Founders Award was launched in 2009 to expand awareness of active investment management techniques and the results of active strategies through the solicitation and publication of research on active management. Over the last nine years, the program has attracted more than 140 papers in support of active investment management submitted by financial professionals and academia from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. A panel of investment professionals selected by the Founders Award committee reviews entries and awards the prizes. Criteria used in judging the papers are: practical significance to practitioners of active investing; quality of exposition; analytical rigor; and novelty of results.

About the Authors:
Dr. Shuoyuan He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Accounting in the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Her research interests focus on capital markets research in accounting, with primary emphasis on earnings forecast and market efficiency. She received her Ph.D. in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she subsequently held a faculty appointment. Before entering academia, she worked as an auditor for Ernst & Young.

Dr. Gans Narayanamoorthy is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. His research has been published extensively in top accounting journals and focuses on capital markets in accounting, with particular emphasis on market efficiency, litigation risk and bank accounting. He teaches Advanced Financial Accounting and Accounting for Business and Financial Risk at Tulane. Prior to Tulane, he held faculty positions at Yale and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before entering academia, he worked as an investment banker, managing public offerings of large corporations, including Fortune 500 companies.

About NAAIM:
NAAIM is the premier organization whose purpose is to establish active investment management as the preeminent principle used in helping investors achieve their financial goals.

We are active investment managers who use systematic models and strategies to take emotion out of the investment process, helping investors improve their returns and reduce risk. Through a mastermind alliance of members and firms we continuously improve our state of the art investment models and client acquisition strategies through education, mentoring and collaboration among investment advisors and firms of all sizes.

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