The Real-Time Predictability of the Size and Value Premium in Japan
Posted: 25 Dec 2004
Our study examines whether the short-term variation in the Japanese size and value premium is sufficiently predictable to be exploited by a timing strategy. In the spirit of Pesaran and Timmermann (1995), we employ a dynamic modeling approach in which we explicitly allow for permutations among the determinants in order to mitigate typical data-snooping biases. Using a base set of candidate predictor variables, we perform an in-sample estimation of all economically sensible models. Subsequently, a 'best' model is determined according to a selection criterion. However, whereas most studies use in-sample model selection criteria, we introduce an out-of-sample training period to select our models. We then implement our strategy in a second-stage out-of-sample period: the trading period. All stages re-occur on a monthly basis via a rolling window framework. The results confirm sufficient predictability under lower transaction cost levels. Under high transaction costs scenarios it is more difficult to obtain incremental benefits.
Keywords: Size premium, value premium, recursive modeling, model selection, style switching, real time predictability
JEL Classification: C51, C52, C53, G11, G12, G15, G19
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