Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Papers,
Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics

No 05-2001: ON THE PREDICTABILITY OF THE DANISH EQUITY PREMIUM

Jan Overgaard Olesen and Ole Risager
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Jan Overgaard Olesen: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Postal: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Solbjerg Plads 3 C, 5. sal, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Ole Risager: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Postal: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Solbjerg Plads 3 C, 5. sal, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark

Abstract: This paper analyzes whether, and to what extent, the Danish 1, 5 and 10-year equity premia are predictable. We examine the predictive power of a comprehensive list of financial ratios, interest rates and so forth. The results show that the 5-year premium is predictable in the sense that the model explains a non-trivial proportion of the variability of the equity premium. Moreover, the model is good at predicting turning points in the premium. We also analyze the portfolio implications of the model and find that the model is useful in predicting the optimal return maximizing portfolio choice. Finally, the paper presents forecasts for the 5-year equity premium.

Keywords: equity premia; interest rates; portfolio choice; Denmark

JEL-codes: G11

46 pages, March 1, 2000

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