Using statistical and neural network methods to explore the relationship between systematic risk and firm's long term investment activities

Kehluh Wang*, Hsiao-Tien Pao, H. C. Fu

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Abstract

This paper presents a neural network method to explore the relationship between the systematic risk and the long term investing activities for Taiwan's companies in the fiber industry and in the electronics industry. In general, diversification from long-term investment may reduce firm's systematic risk, but the empirical results in some literatures are controversial. For years regression methods have been used to analyze the possible impact of long-term investment activities on systematic risk. Since their relationship may not be linear, we thus propose a neural network based sensitivity analysis for the possible non-linear relationships. We adapt 5 years data (1994-1998) from the TEJ financial database to conduct the proposed analysis. The results show that the systematic risk is reduced with investment activities for the fiber industry. But for the electronics industry, the systematic risk is higher as firms increase the long-term investment ratio. The difference is even more significant when we only consider the companies with higher portion of long term investment in assets. This diverse effect between industries may be one of the reasons why the empirical results are inconsistent. Our study can clarify the controversial between the systematic risk and the long-term investment activities, and offer some possible explanations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages851-858
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2000
Event10th IEEE Workshop on Neural Network for Signal Processing (NNSP2000) - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 11 Dec 200013 Dec 2000

Conference

Conference10th IEEE Workshop on Neural Network for Signal Processing (NNSP2000)
CitySydney, Australia
Period11/12/0013/12/00

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    Wang, K., Pao, H-T., & Fu, H. C. (2000). Using statistical and neural network methods to explore the relationship between systematic risk and firm's long term investment activities. 851-858. Paper presented at 10th IEEE Workshop on Neural Network for Signal Processing (NNSP2000), Sydney, Australia, . https://doi.org/10.1109/NNSP.2000.890165