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On the predictive power of the surplus consumption ratio

  • Ghattassi, Imen
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    This paper shows that the surplus consumption ratio, specified by Campbell and Cochrane [1999. Journal of Political Economy 107, 205-251], is a good predictor of excess returns at long horizons. We also provide empirical evidence that this variable captures a component of expected returns, not explained by the proxies for the consumption to wealth ratio, cay and cdy, proposed by Lettau and Ludvigson [2001a. Journal of Finance 56, 815-849; 2001b. Journal of Political Economy 109, 1238-1286; 2005. Journal of Financial Economics 76, 583-626]. Moreover, used as a conditioning information for the Consumption based Asset Pricing Model (C)CAPM, the resulting linear model helps to explain for the variation in average returns across the Fama-French (25) portfolios sorted by size and book-to-market characteristics.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Finance Research Letters.

    Volume (Year): 5 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 21-31

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:5:y:2008:i:1:p:21-31
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