On the Reversal of Return and Dividend Growth Predictability: A Tale of Two Periods
Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
A disconcerting, albeit generally accepted, finding is that aggregate stock return is predictable by dividend yield but dividend growth is unpredictable. I show that part of this lack of dividend growth predictability stems from how dividend growth is constructed. I then document a dramatic reversal of predictability in the 134 years during 1872-2005: stock return is largely unpredictable in the first seven decades, but becomes predictable in the postwar period; dividend growth is strongly predictable in the prewar years but this predictability disappears in the postwar years. New evidence on the predictability of long-run return and dividend growth is also documented.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 53
Keywords: Dividend price ratio, equity return, dividend growth, predictability
JEL Classification: G12, E44
Date posted: March 25, 2008 ; Last revised: May 27, 2008