38 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2016
Date Written: 2016
We forecast stock market returns by applying, within a Ferreira and Santa-Clara (2011) sum-of-the-parts framework, a frequency decomposition of several predictors of stock returns. The method delivers statistically and economically significant improvements over historical mean forecasts, with monthly out-of-sample R2 of 3.27% and annual utility gains of 403 basis points. The strong performance of this method comes from its ability to isolate the frequencies of the predictors with the highest predictive power from the noisy parts, and from the fact that the frequency-decomposed predictors carry complementary information that captures both the long-term trend and the higher frequency movements of stock market returns.
Keywords: predictability, stock returns, equity premium, asset allocation, frequency domain, wavelets
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14, G17
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Faria, Gonçalo and Verona, Fabio, Forecasting Stock Market Returns by Summing the Frequency-Decomposed Parts (2016). Bank of Finland Research Discussion Paper No. 29/2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2878752