Intermediary-Based Equity Term Structure
66 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2019 Last revised: 9 Nov 2021
Date Written: October 5, 2019
We decompose the term structure of equity yields into an equity term premium and a mean reversion component about the expected changes in future yields to understand a seemingly contradictory evidence, that is, equity term premium is counter-cyclical, while the term structure slope of equity yields is pro-cyclical and even switches signs. Although the first component is counter-cyclical, we show the second component dominantly drives the pro-cyclical fluctuations of the overall equity yield curve. We propose a quantitative financial intermediary-based asset pricing model, in which the time-varying tightness of intermediaries' leverage constraint drives the mean reversion component.
Keywords: equity term structure, financial intermediary, mean reversion, discount rate
JEL Classification: E2, E3, G12
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