The Equity Risk Premium in 2008: Evidence from the Global CFO Outlook Survey
John R. Graham
Duke University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Campbell R. Harvey
Duke University - Fuqua School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
July 22, 2008
We analyze the results of a recent survey of U.S. Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) conducted in 2008. We present expectations of the equity risk premium measured over a 10-year horizon relative to a 10-year U.S. Treasury bond. This multi-year survey has been conducted every quarter from June 2000 to March 2008. Each quarter the survey also provides measures of cross-sectional disagreement about the risk premium, skewness, and a measure of individual uncertainty. The individual uncertainty is deduced from the 80% confidence interval that each respondent provides for his or her risk premium assessment. Using our time series of risk premia, we explore the link between these premia and real interest rates implied in Treasury Inflation Indexed Notes, stock market volatility represented by the VIX index, past stock market returns and equity valuation reflected in price to earnings ratios.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: cost of capital, equity premium, long-term market returns, long-term equity returns, expected excess returns, disagreement, individual uncertainty, skewness, asymmetry, survey methods, risk and reward, TIPs, VIX
JEL Classification: G11, G31, G12, G14
Date posted: July 19, 2008 ; Last revised: July 25, 2008
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