Income Hedging, Dynamic Style Preferences, and Return Predictability
91 Pages Posted: 4 May 2014 Last revised: 10 Oct 2018
Date Written: May 25, 2018
We propose a theoretical measure of income hedging demand and show that it affects asset prices. We focus on the value factor and first demonstrate that our demand estimates are correlated with the actual demands of retail and mutual fund investors. Then, we show that the aggregate HML demand predicts HML returns. Exploiting the state-level variation in income risk, we demonstrate that state-level hedging demands predict state-level HML returns. A long-short portfolio that exploits this hedging-induced predictability earns an annualized risk-adjusted return of 6%.
Keywords: Income hedging, hedging demand, value factor, state-level income risk, style investing, return predictability
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G17, R2
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