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The Information Content of the Gilt-Equity Yield Ratio

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  • Levin, Eric J
  • Wright, Robert E

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In principle, the gilt-equity yield ratio (GEYR) can be used as a decision criterion for choosing between equity and bonds because the GEYR is sensitive to miss-pricing. However, the GEYR is also influenced by other variables. Consequently, observed movement in the GEYR cannot be confidently attributed to miss-pricing without controlling for the other variables which might cause the GEYR to vary. This paper demonstrates that the GEYR can be used as a signal to switch profitably between equity and bonds provided that the GEYR threshold value indicating a profitable switch is adjusted to incorporate changes in variables such as expected inflation and the equity risk premium. Simple empirical experiments are carried out aimed at evaluating how well the GEYR performs as a trading rule. Copyright 1998 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd and The Victoria University of Manchester

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  • Levin, Eric J & Wright, Robert E, 1998. "The Information Content of the Gilt-Equity Yield Ratio," The Manchester School of Economic & Social Studies, University of Manchester, vol. 66(0), pages 89-101, Supplemen.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:manch2:v:66:y:1998:i:0:p:89-101
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    1. GIOT, Pierre & PETITJEAN, Mikael, 2005. "Dynamic asset allocation between stocks and bonds using the Bond-Equity Yield Ratio," CORE Discussion Papers 2005010, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
    2. Giot, Pierre & Petitjean, Mikael, 2007. "The information content of the Bond-Equity Yield Ratio: Better than a random walk?," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 23(2), pages 289-305.
    3. Pierre Giot & Mikael Petitjean, 2009. "Short-term market timing using the bond-equity yield ratio," The European Journal of Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(4), pages 365-384.
    4. Alain Durré & Pierre Giot, 2007. "An International Analysis of Earnings, Stock Prices and Bond Yields," Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 34(3-4), pages 613-641.
    5. Brooks, Chris & Persand, Gita, 2001. "The trading profitability of forecasts of the gilt-equity yield ratio," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 17(1), pages 11-29.
    6. Durré, Alain & Giot, Pierre, 2005. "An international analysis of earnings, stock prices and bond yields," Working Paper Series 515, European Central Bank.
    7. Chris Brooks & Sotiris Tsolacos, 2001. "International Evidence of the Predictability of Prices of Securititised Real Estate Assets: Econometric Models versus Neural Networks," ICMA Centre Discussion Papers in Finance icma-dp2001-08, Henley Business School, Reading University.

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