Exploring The Profitability Factor

A June 2012 study authored by University of Rochester professor Robert Novy-Marx, “The Other Side of Value: The Gross Profitability Premium,” not only provided investors with new insights into the cross section of stocks returns, but also led to the development of new factor models that incorporate a profitability factor.

Novy-Marx’s Findings
Before unpacking a more recent paper with new insights into how accruals and cash flows can impact profitability, I think it’s important to summarize some of Novy-Marx’s more fundamental findings on this premium:

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