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Economic and financial crises and the predictability of U.S. stock returns

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  • Hartmann, Daniel
  • Kempa, Bernd
  • Pierdzioch, Christian

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We argue that the use of publicly available and easily accessible information on economic and financial crises to detect structural breaks in the link between stock returns and macroeconomic predictor variables improves the performance of simple trading rules in real time. In particular, our results suggest that accounting for structural breaks and regime shifts in forecasting regressions caused by economic and financial crises has the potential to increase the out-of-sample predictability of stock returns, the performance of simple trading rules, and the market-timing ability of an investor trading in the U.S. stock market.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Empirical Finance.

Volume (Year): 15 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 468-480

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Handle: RePEc:eee:empfin:v:15:y:2008:i:3:p:468-480

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