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Alexandros Kostakis (University of Liverpool) – “Taking Stock of Long-Horizon Predictability Tests: Are Factor Returns Predictable?”

Bush House North East Wing, Strand Campus, London

12 Jun
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Part of Research Seminars in Banking & Finance

The Banking & Finance Group of King's Business School organises bi-weekly research seminars in finance.

This week we welcome Alexandros Kostakis (University of Liverpool). 

 

“Taking Stock of Long-Horizon Predictability Tests: Are Factor Returns Predictable?”

 

Abstract:

This study provides a critical assessment of long-horizon return predictability tests using highly persistent regressors. We show that the most commonly used test statistics are typically oversized, leading to spurious inference. As a remedy, we propose a simple Wald statistic, which can accommodate multiple predictors, exhibits excellent finite-sample properties regardless of the length of the predictive horizon, and is robust to the (unobservable) exact time series properties of the employed predictor(s). Employing this test statistic and examining a small set of variables that have been commonly used as proxies for business cycle conditions, we find evidence of predictability for "old" and "new" pricing factors with monthly returns. However, this evidence becomes weaker, not stronger, as the predictive horizon increases and disappears for most of the factors with annual returns. Overall, we cast doubt on the incremental value of using long-horizon predictive regressions.


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