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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Actual and Warranted Relations Between Asset Prices

Andrea E. Beltratti, Robert J. Shiller

NBER Working Paper No. 3640 (Also Reprint No. r1846)
Issued in January 1994
NBER Program(s):   ME

Efficient markets models assert that the price of each asset is equal to the optimal forecast of its ex-post (or fundamental) value, but the models do not imply that the covariances between prices equal the corresponding covariances of ex-post values. We present bounds for covariances and correlations of prices based on the covariance of ex-post values, and show how such bounds can be tightened using information about forecasting variables. The methods are used to examine the historical covariance between the U.S. and U.K. stock markers 1919-1989. The bounds on the covariance include the actual correlation.

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Published: Oxford Economic Papers, vol. 45, no. 3, p. 387-402, July 1993

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