On the Predictability of Stock Returns: An Asset-Allocation Perspective (Reprint 057)
Sample evidence about the predictability of monthly stock returns is considered from the perspective of an investor allocating funds between stocks and cash. A regression of stock returns on a set of predictive variables might seem weak when described by usual statistical measures, but such measures can fail to convey the economic significance of the sample evidence when it is used by a risk-averse Bayesian investor to update prior beliefs about the regression relation and to compute an optimal asset allocation. Even when those prior beliefs are weighted substantially against predictability, the current values of the predictive variables can exert a strong influence on the portfolio decision.
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