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Dividend-Price Ratios and Stock Returns: International Evidence

Cornell, Bradford (2014) Dividend-Price Ratios and Stock Returns: International Evidence. Journal of Portfolio Management, 40 (2). pp. 122-127. ISSN 0095-4918. doi:10.3905/jpm.2014.40.2.122.

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A widely replicated result, using U.S. data, is that dividend-price ratios predict future returns, not future dividend growth. This is evidence of stock-return predictability, and is contrary to the original interpretation of the efficient-market hypothesis. The author argues that this pre-dictability may be an artifact of the American economy’s remarkably stable real growth. This article examines the relation between dividend yields, future returns, and dividend growth, using current international data. It concludes that, in some countries, dividend-price ratios predict future returns; in other countries, they predict future dividend growth; and in still other countries, they predict a combination of the two. The variation, furthermore, is related to the volatility of real dividend growth.

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Additional Information:© 2014 Institutional Investor Journals. I would like to thank John Campbell, John Cochrane, Jason Hsu, Robert Shiller, Walter Torous, and an anonymous referee for helpful comments. RALLC, Inc. kindly provided data.
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Official Citation:Bradford Cornell Dividend-Price Ratios and Stock Returns: International Evidence Winter 2014, Vol. 40, No. 2: pp. 122–127 DOI: 10.3905/jpm.2014.40.2.122
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Deposited By: Ruth Sustaita
Deposited On:18 Mar 2014 17:16
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