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Predicting Returns With Financial Ratios

  • Lewellen, Jonathan
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    This article provides a new test of the predictive ability of aggregate financial ratios. Predictive regressions are subject to small-sample biases, but the correction in previous studies can substantially understate forecasting power. Dividend yield predicts aggregate market returns from 1946 Â€Ó 2000, as well as in various subperiods. Book-to-market and the earnings-price ratio predict returns during the shorter 1963 Â€Ó 2000 sample. The evidence remains strong despite the unusual price run-up in recent years

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    Paper provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management in its series Working papers with number 4374-02.

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    Date of creation: 27 Jan 2003
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