Predicting Stock Returns in an Efficient Market

  • Author(s): RONALD J. BALVERS, THOMAS F. COSIMANO, BILL MCDONALD
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 1109-1128
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1990.tb02429.x

ABSTRACT

An intertemporal general equilibrium model relates financial asset returns to movements in aggregate output. The model is a standard neoclassical growth model with serial correlation in aggregate output. Changes in aggregate output lead to attempts by agents to smooth consumption, which affects the required rate of return on financial assets. Since aggregate output is serially correlated and hence predictable, the theory suggests that stock returns can be predicted based on rational forecasts of output. The empirical results confirm that stock returns are a predictable function of aggregate output and also support the accompanying implications of the model.

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