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Skewness in Stock Returns, Periodic Cash Payouts, and Investor Heterogeneity

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  • Albuquerque, Rui

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This paper analyzes the asset pricing implications of periodic cash payouts within the context of a stationary rational expectations model with heterogeneous investors. The periodicity of cash payouts provides a natural motivation for time-varying conditional volatility in stock returns. I show that the unconditional distribution of returns is a mixture of normals distribution, which has non-trivial skewness properties. I examine how conditional volatility, trading volume and skewness in stock returns are related to information dispersion and liquidity in the stock market. The model provides a rationale for why firm returns have positive skewness while market returns have negative skewness.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 7573.

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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:7573

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Keywords: investor heterogeneity; periodic cash payouts; Skewness; turnover;

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