Dividend Dynamics and the Term Structure of Dividend Strips
62 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2012 Last revised: 8 Mar 2014
Date Written: November 5, 2013
Many leading asset pricing models are specified so that the term structure of dividend volatility is either flat or upward sloping. Related, these models predict that the term structures of expected returns and volatilities on dividend strips (i.e., claims to dividends paid over a prespecified interval) are also upward sloping. However, the empirical evidence suggests otherwise. This discrepancy can be reconciled if these models replace their proposed dividend dynamics with processes that generate stationary leverage ratios. Under such policies, shareholders are being forced to divest (invest) when leverage is low (high), which shifts risk from long-horizon to short-horizon dividend strips. Even if discount rates are specified as constants, this mechanism also captures the "volatility puzzle'' (Shiller (1981)) in that stock return volatility is greater than long-horizon dividend volatility.
Keywords: Dividend Strips, Term Structure or Risk Premia
JEL Classification: G12
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