Department of Economics and Business Economics

Market timing over the business cycle

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  • Magnus Sander

This paper analyzes the economic value of linking return predictability to the business cycle. Recent studies show that stock returns are predictable in recessions while bond returns are predictable in expansions. I examine whether these findings can be exploited in real-time trading by letting the coefficients of popular return regressions switch across states of the economy. The switching models I propose are easy to implement and provide meaningful economic gains relative to their constant coefficient versions. However, choosing a good recession signal is important as inaccurate business cycle turning points corrupt the switching extensions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Empirical Finance
Pages (from-to)130-145
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

    Research areas

  • Business cycles, Portfolio choice, Return predictability

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