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© 2019 Elsevier B.V. Conventional wisdom suggests that the uncertainty of uninformed noise-traders’ sentiment deters rational traders’ arbitrage activities. However, nowadays, social media have made the public sentiment highly predictable, whereas the CAPM-motivated beta-return relation still does not hold in practice. This study advances an argument that the sentiment can also be brought about by rational, sophisticated investors’ use of psychological insight; resultantly, the arbitrage activities are demotivated by their own sentiment, rather than deterred by noise-traders’ sentiment risk. The proposed expectile CAPM provides a parsimonious way to account for this claim, and leads to a sentiment-based functional form of pricing kernel.
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