Test of CAPM: A Study of India and US

Asset pricing is one of the most important research areas in the field of finance. The simple CAPM model (capital asset pricing model) relates the return of the stocks and portfolios to the market factor captured by beta. Since the formulation of CAPM in 1960s, asset pricing has covered a long distance. We conduct the test of CAPM for India and US by using data from January 2001 to December 2015. We run 84 second pass cross-sectional regression equations to test the applicability of CAPM. The results of our test find that CAPM is not able to capture the cross section of average returns both in India and US and we should consider the alternative asset pricing models to establish the risk-return relationship.