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Sunspots and predictable asset returns

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This paper uses a stylised asset-pricing model to show that sunspots may cause asset returns to be predictable, a widely documented feature of many speculative markets. This result parallels and extends previous works showing that sunspots render asset prices excessively volatile.
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  • Challe, Edouard, 2004. "Sunspots and predictable asset returns," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 115(1), pages 182-190, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:115:y:2004:i:1:p:182-190
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    1. Roger E.A. Farmer, 2016. "Pricing Assets in an Economy with Two Types of People," NBER Working Papers 22228, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Challe, Edouard, 2008. "Endogenous participation risk in speculative markets," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 32(7), pages 2148-2164, July.
    3. Challe Edouard & Ragot Xavier, 2011. "Bubbles and Self-Fulfilling Crises," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 11(1), pages 1-38, May.
    4. Farmer, Roger E A, 2018. "Pricing Assets in a Perpetual Youth Model," CEPR Discussion Papers 12643, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    5. Farmer, Roger E A, 2015. "Global Sunspots and Asset Prices in a Monetary Economy," CEPR Discussion Papers 10402, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    6. Edouard Challe & Xavier Ragot, 2007. "Bubbles and self-fulfilling crises," Working Papers halshs-00590568, HAL.
    7. repec:dau:papers:123456789/12877 is not listed on IDEAS

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    JEL classification:

    • D84 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Expectations; Speculations
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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