Realized and Anticipated Macroeconomic Conditions Forecast Stock Returns

48 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2013 Last revised: 21 Nov 2014

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Alessandro Beber

Cass Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Michael W. Brandt

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Maurizio Luisi

Independent; affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Date Written: November 20, 2014

Abstract

We construct daily real-time indices capturing the public information on realized and anticipated economic activity. The one-month change in realized fundamentals predicts U.S. stock returns across horizons with strongest results between a month and a quarter. The information in anticipated fundamentals that is orthogonal to the realized data predicts returns even more strongly, particularly at longer horizons of up to two quarters. Splitting the sample into times of high versus low uncertainty, as measured by the cross-sectional dispersion of economist forecasts, we show that the predictability is largely concentrated in high-uncertainty times. Finally, extending the analysis internationally, we find similar results that are curiously stronger when U.S. data are used as predictors rather than global composites or local data.

Keywords: stock market predictability, state of the economy, macroeconomic uncertainty

JEL Classification: G12

Suggested Citation

Beber, Alessandro and Brandt, Michael W. and Luisi, Maurizio, Realized and Anticipated Macroeconomic Conditions Forecast Stock Returns (November 20, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2228978 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2228978

Alessandro Beber (Contact Author)

Cass Business School ( email )

London, EC2Y 8HB
Great Britain

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Michael W. Brandt

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business ( email )

1 Towerview Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0120
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Maurizio Luisi

Independent ( email )

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affiliation not provided to SSRN

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