Predicting Stock Market Returns by Combining Forecasts
The predictability of stock market returns has been a challenge to market practitioners and financial economists. This is also important to central banks responsible for monitoring financial market stability. A number of variables have been found as predictors of future stock market returns with impressive in-sample results. Nonetheless, the predictive power of these variables has often performed poorly for out-of-sample forecasts. This study utilises a new method known as "Aggregate Forecasting Through Exponential Re-weighting (AFTER)" to combine forecasts from different models and achieve better out-of-sample forecast performance from these variables. Empirical results suggest that, for longer forecast horizons, combining forecasts based on AFTER provides better out-of-sample predictions than the historical average return and also forecasts from models based on commonly used model selection criteria.
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