The market risk premium in Australia: Forward-looking evidence from the options market

Angelo Aspris, Ester Félez-Viñas, Sean Foley, Hamish Malloch, Jiri Svec

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Abstract

This paper analyses forward-looking estimates of the expected market return in Australian. By utilising option prices, we compute a lower bound for the capital gain and dividend components of the expected return. Over a 17-year period, the average 1-month expected return lower bound is found to be 8.6% per annum, compared with an average realised return of 10.9% per annum. Our option-based estimates demonstrate significant predictive power beyond historical averages and enable direct measurement of the expected return term structure. This approach complements traditional measures of expected returns and offers valuable insights for practitioners, academics, and policymakers in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAccounting & Finance
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Jun 2024

Keywords

  • equity risk premium
  • lower bound
  • return predictability

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