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The scale of predictability

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  • Bandi, F.M
  • Perron, B
  • Tamoni, Andrea
  • Tebaldi, C.

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We introduce a new stylized fact: the hump-shaped behavior of slopes and coefficients of determination as a function of the aggregation horizon when running (forward/backward) predictive regressions of future excess market returns onto past economic uncertainty (as proxied by market variance, consumption variance, or economic policy uncertainty). To justify this finding formally, we propose a novel modeling framework in which predictability is specified as a property of low-frequency components of both excess market returns and economic uncertainty. We dub this property scale-specific predictability. We show that classical predictive systems imply restricted forms of scale-specific predictability. We conclude that for certain predictors, like economic uncertainty, the restrictions imposed by classical predictive systems may be excessively strong.

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  • Bandi, F.M & Perron, B & Tamoni, Andrea & Tebaldi, C., 2018. "The scale of predictability," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 85646, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    long run; predictability; aggregation; risk-return trade-off;

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    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance

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