Long-Term Sources of Investment Returns and a Simple Way to Enhance Equity Returns

6 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2014

Date Written: October 29, 2014

Abstract

Investment return from equities is comprised of four components: dividend yield, inflation, real growth in business value, and change in valuation multiples. However, we show that over the long-term investment return from equities is derived primarily from underlying growth in business values. We propose that an investment process that successfully identifies businesses with the ability to grow business value at above average rates, will result in superior investment returns.

Keywords: U.S. Equity Markets, Investment Returns, Components of Investment Returns, High Quality, Competitive Advantage

JEL Classification: G10, G11, G12, G14, C22

Suggested Citation

Ramraika, CFA, Baijnath, Long-Term Sources of Investment Returns and a Simple Way to Enhance Equity Returns (October 29, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2516179 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2516179

Baijnath Ramraika, CFA (Contact Author)

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