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Edited By: Stewart Jones

Impact Factor: 0.821

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 51/89 (Business Finance)

Online ISSN: 1467-6281

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Abacus best paper prize

The owner of Abacus, the Accounting Foundation, funds a US$10,000 Annual Manuscript Award for the best article published in each calendar year. The Award aims to reinforce the Journal's continuing decision-useful focus explicit in its objectives, which have stemmed from the vision of the founder of Abacus, Ray Chambers.

Latest winners

The most recent winners of the Award are Geoff Meeks and Amir Amel-Zadeh for their article Bank Failure, Mark-to-market and the Financial Crisis, Michael Dempsey for his article The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM): The History of a Failed Revolutionary Idea in Finance and Alex Dontoh, Joshua Ronen and Bharat Sarath for their article Financial Statements Insurance.

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Abacus special issue

Only when we openly discuss what is inadequate or questionable with our own theories can we lay claim to scientific ‘objectivity’. The papers published in this issue contain the unedited positions on the CAPM of well-known finance researchers as reactions to the main paper of Dempsey, who adopts a critical and therefore provocative standpoint. It is the editor’s belief that the free and frank academic discussion provoked by Dempsey’s paper is not only essential to a mature field but is also of great academic and communal enjoyment.


The CAPM Debate and the Logic and Philosophy of Finance
D. J. Johnstone

Original article

The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM): The History of a Failed Revolutionary Idea in Finance?
Mike Dempsey


Karen Benson and Robert Faff

The Capital Asset Pricing Model: A Revolutionary Idea in Finance!
Hendrick Berkman

The Failure of the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM): An Update and Discussion
Graham Bornholt

The CAPM: Theoretical Validity, Empirical Intractability and Practical Applications
Philip Brown and Terry Walter

Consequences of the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)—a Critical and Broad Perspective
Charlie X. Cai, Iain Clacher and Kevin Keasey

The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM): The History of a Failed Revolutionary Idea in Finance? Comments and Extensions
Imad A. Moosa

Death Where is Thy Sting? A Response to Dempsey’s Despatching of the CAPM
Graham Partington

Why the CAPM is Half-Right and Everything Else is Wrong
Tom Smith and Kathleen Walsh

Comments and Perspectives on ‘The Capital Asset Pricing Model’
Avanidhar Subrahmanyam

The CAPM: A Case of Elegance is for Tailors?
Mike Dempsey

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For nearly 50 years Abacus has consistently provided a vehicle for the expression of independent and critical thought on matters of current academic and professional interest in accounting, finance and business. The ISI-listed journal reports current research; critically evaluates current developments in theory and practice; analyses the effects of the regulatory framework of accounting, finance and business; and explores alternatives to, and explanations of, past and current practices.