17 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2011
Date Written: October 7, 2011
We present evidence on the term structure of the equity premium. We recover prices of dividend strips, which are short-term assets that pay dividends on the stock index every period up to period T and nothing thereafter. It is short-term relative to the index because the index pays dividends in perpetuity. We find that expected returns, Sharpe ratios, and volatilities on short-term assets are higher than on the index, while their CAPM betas are below one. Short-term assets are more volatile than their realizations, leading to excess volatility and return predictability. Our findings are inconsistent with many leading theories.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
van Binsbergen, Jules H. and Brandt, Michael W. and Koijen, Ralph S. J., On the Timing and Pricing of Dividends: Web Appendix (October 7, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1940687 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1940687