The conventional dividend-price ratio is highly persistent, and the literature reports mixed evidence on its role in predicting stock returns. We argue that the decreasing number of firms with a traditional dividend-payout policy is responsible for these results, and develop a model in which the long-run relationship between the dividends and stock price is time varying. An adjusted dividend-price ratio that accounts for the time-varying long-run relationship is considerably less persistent. Furthermore, the predictive regression model that employs the adjusted dividend-price ratio as a regressor outperforms the random-walk model. These results are robust with respect to the firm size.
- Adjusted dividend-price ratio
- Disappearing dividends
- Stock return predictability
- Time-varying cointegration vector
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics