Rediscover Predictability: Information from the Relative Prices of Long-Term and Short-Term Dividends
Charles A. Dice Center Working Paper No. 2018-16
67 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2018 Last revised: 1 Aug 2018
Date Written: June 4, 2018
The prices of dividends at alternative horizons contain critical information on the behavior of aggregate stock market. The ratio between prices of long- and short-term dividends, “price ratio" (pr), predicts annual market return with an out-of-sample R2 of 19%. pr subsumes the predictive power of traditional price-dividend ratio (pd). After orthogonalized to pr, the residuals of pd strongly predict dividend growth. Using an exponential-affine model, we show a one-to-one mapping between pr and the expected market return when the expectation of future cash flow is transient. Moreover, we find that return predictability is stronger after market downturns, and holds outside the U.S. As an economic test, shocks to pr are priced in the cross-section of stocks, consistent with ICAPM. Our measure of expected return declines during monetary expansions, and varies strongly with the conditions of macroeconomy, financial intermediaries, and sentiment.
Keywords: return predictability, transient cash flow expectation, short-term dividend price
JEL Classification: G12
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