Beating the market through dividend yields: Dogs of the Dow in the Swedish context
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
This paper investigates whether the Dogs of the Dow (or “Dow Dogs”) investment strategy is applicable to the Swedish stock market during the period 1996-2015. The strategy uses dividend yield as a way to identify undervalued stocks. Likely explanations to the strategy’s performance are contrasted between the Overreaction Hypothesis from the field of behavioral finance and the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH) from financial economics. The paper follows the original method formed by John Slatter, but is however extended by adding adjustments for risk, transaction costs and taxes to reflect a more realistic market setting. Our empirical findings suggest that the Dow Dogs strategy barely beats the market by 0.02 Sharpe ratio unit points. The strategy’s performance may be rather unimpressive, but it is interesting to acknowledge that the portfolio performed best during the market’s worst downturns. To conclude, our results lack statistical significance and we cannot reject the null hypothesis of no abnormal returns.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 25 p.
Dogs of the Dow strategy, overreaction hypothesis, dividend investing, investment strategy, portfolio management, finance
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-298666OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-298666DiVA: diva2:946991
Subject / course
Master Programme in Business and Management