Validity, Tightness, and Forecasting Power of Risk Premium Bounds
88 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2020 Last revised: 13 Jan 2022
Date Written: October 2, 2020
Recent work uses option prices to derive lower bounds for the risk premia of the market portfolio and individual stocks. We test the bounds conditionally. We cannot reject that they are valid, but we do reject that they are tight. Using the market bounds as forecasts appears unreasonable in many cases due to their high slackness. Adding past mean slackness is a potential improvement but is hampered by the brevity of the available data series. The correlation of the stock bounds with subsequent returns stems primarily from the time series rather than the cross section.
Keywords: Risk premia, bounds, conditional tests, predictability
JEL Classification: G12, G13, G14
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