Enhancing the Investment Performance of Yield-Based Strategies

Posted: 21 May 2019

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Wesley R. Gray

Alpha Architect; Drexel University - LeBow College of Business

Jack Vogel

Alpha Architect; Villanova University

Date Written: November 1, 2012


High dividend yield stocks do not reliably earn above-average risk-adjusted returns. More complete measures of shareholder yield, which account for net share repurchases, perform better. We explore the use of net-debt paydown as a way to further enhance shareholder yield. The addition of net-debt paydown enhances risk-adjusted returns and creates a shareholder yield metric that is more robust over time. We also explore the technique of separating yield metrics by payout percentage as a way to enhance return predictability. We find some evidence that using payout percentage within a yield category can systematically improve portfolio performance.

Keywords: Dividends, Share Repurchases, Share buy-backs, net-debt paydown, shareholder yield

JEL Classification: G10, G12, G14

Suggested Citation

Gray, Wesley R. and Vogel, Jack, Enhancing the Investment Performance of Yield-Based Strategies (November 1, 2012). https://doi.org/10.3905/joi.2014.23.2.044, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2051101 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2051101

Wesley R. Gray (Contact Author)

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Jack Vogel

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Villanova University ( email )

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