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Changes in the composition of publicly traded firms: Implications for the dividend-price ratio and return predictability

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  • Jank, Stephan

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This article documents how the changing composition of U.S. publicly traded firms has prompted a decline in the long-run mean of the aggregate dividend-price ratio, most notably since the 1970s. Adjusting the dividend-price ratio for such changes resolves several issues with respect to the predictability of stock market returns: The adjusted dividend-price ratio is less persistent, in-sample evidence for predictability is more pronounced, there is greater parameter stability in the predictive regression (particularly during the 1990s), and there is evidence of out-of-sample predictability. --

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Paper provided by University of Cologne, Centre for Financial Research (CFR) in its series CFR Working Papers with number 12-08.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Keywords: return predictability; dividend-price ratio; payout policy; sample selection; choice of organizational structure;

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