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A recursive modelling approach to predicting UK stock returns

Pesaran, M. and Timmermann, Allan (1999) A recursive modelling approach to predicting UK stock returns. Financial Markets Group Discussion Papers (322). Financial Markets Group, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This paper applies an extended and generalized version of the recursive modelling strategy developed in Pesaran and Timmermann (1995) to the UK stock market. The focus of the analysis is to stimulate investors' search in 'real time' for a model that can forecast stock returns. It demonstrates the extent to which monthly stock returns in the UK were predictable over the period 1970-1992 after allowing for model specification uncertainty and possible shifts in the forecasting model. Due to a set of unique historical circumstances, UK stock returns were extremely volatile in 1974-1975, and we discuss how to design a modelling approach capable of accounting for this and similar low probability events. We find evidence of predictability in UK stock returns which could have been exploited by investors to improve on the risk-return trade-off offered by a passive strategy in the market portfolio. Alternative interpretations of this finding are briefly discussed.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 1999 The Authors
Divisions: Financial Markets Group
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2023 13:48
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:30

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