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What’s Up with Stocks?

Fernando Duarte

No 20201221, Liberty Street Economics from Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: “U.S. stocks are racing toward a second consecutive quarter of dramatic gains, continuing a historic stock-market recovery that few predicted in the depths of the March downturn,” said a September Wall Street Journal article. “The stock market is detached from economic reality. A reckoning is coming,” said the Washington Post. What is going on? In this post, I look not at what stocks have actually done or will do, but at what investors expected should have happened, and what they expect will happen going forward. It turns out that, at least by the particular measure of expectations I consider, investors expected stock returns to be high all along and continue to expect the same in the future.

Keywords: stocks; equity premiums; risk premiums (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-12-21
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