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The Cross-Section and Time Series of Stock and Bond Returns

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  • Koijen, Ralph S. J.

    (NYU)

  • Lustig, Hanno

    (Stanford University)

  • Van Nieuwerburgh, Stijn

    (NYU)

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We show that bond factors, which predict future U.S. economic activity at business cycle horizons, are priced in the cross-section of U.S. stock returns. High book-to-market stocks have larger exposures to these bond factors than low book-to-market stocks, because their cash flows are more sensitive to the business cycle. Because of this new nexus between stock and bond markets, a parsimonious three-factor dynamic no-arbitrage model can be used to jointly price book-to-market-sorted portfolios of stocks and maturity-sorted bond portfolios, while reproducing the time-series variation in expected bond returns. The business cycle itself is a priced state variable in stock and bond markets.

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  • Koijen, Ralph S. J. & Lustig, Hanno & Van Nieuwerburgh, Stijn, 2017. "The Cross-Section and Time Series of Stock and Bond Returns," Research Papers 3518, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.
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