Expected earnings growth and portfolio performance

  • Ronald W. Best
  • Charles W. Hodges
  • James A. Yoder


We form portfolios based on forecasted growth rates in earnings and apply stochastic dominance tests. Low expected-growth rate portfolios dominate high expected-growth rate portfolios. This suggests that the superior return performance of value stocks is not due to omitted risk factors but is a consequence of investors making systematic errors in forming earnings expectations.


Earnings growth Stochastic dominance Value stocks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald W. Best
    • 1
  • Charles W. Hodges
    • 1
  • James A. Yoder
    • 2
  1. 1.University of West Georgia
  2. 2.Department of Accounting and FinanceUniversity of West GeorgiaCarrollton

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