Upside beta

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In investing, upside beta is the element of traditional beta that investors do not typically associate with the true meaning of risk.[1] It is defined to be the scaled amount by which an asset moves compared to a benchmark, calculated only on days when the benchmark’s return is positive.


The equation for upside beta, which measures this upside risk is below, “where and are the excess returns to security and market , and is the average market excess return.

Therefore, and can be estimated with a regression of excess return of security on excess return of the market, conditional on excess market return being below the mean (downside beta) and above the mean (upside beta)."[2] Upside beta is calculated using asset returns only on those days when the benchmark returns are positive.

Though rarely the case, an investor facing two hypothetical stocks with same downside betas would be better off selecting the stock with higher upside beta, since upside beta can be thought of as a representative of potential returns.

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