57 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2019 Last revised: 24 Dec 2020
Date Written: December 23, 2020
We study security analysts’ production of long-horizon forecasts. While forecasts produced early in the horizon schedule have the potential to be the most helpful to clients, and these forecasts make up a nontrivial portion of analysts’ forecast production, prior literature essentially ignores the drivers and implications of long-horizon forecasts. We find that long-horizon forecast production is more common among analysts with lower reputation and less workload, and when analysts are initiating coverage. Additionally, long-horizon forecast production is higher for firms held by investors with longer investing horizons and firms that derive more of their value from distant cash flows. Analysts who issue long-horizon forecasts have a greater ability to affect prices, have better career outcomes, and are more likely to be voted all-stars.
Keywords: Analyst Forecasts; Analyst Career Outcomes; Forecast Accuracy; Forecast Horizon; Sell-Side Analysts
JEL Classification: G11, G14, G24, M41
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