Alternative Objective Functions for Quasi-Shrinkage Portfolio Optimization
University of Ulm - Department of Mathematics and Economics
EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht - EBS Business School - Department of Finance and Accounting
February 7, 2011
European Business School Research Paper No. 10-07
In this paper we propose a quasi-shrinkage approach for minimum-variance portfolios which does not use a quadratic loss function to derive the optimal shrinkage intensity. We develop two alternative objective functions for linear shrinkage. The first targets the reduction of portfolio variance. The second incorporates returns of assets to improve portfolio performance with respect to mean and variance. We compare the out-of-sample performance of our proposed portfolios to nine benchmark strategies across seven data sets. Our strategies often have lower portfolio variance and higher Sharpe ratios than the benchmark strategies. In particular, we beat the naïve portfolio empirically on all seven and significantly on three data sets.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 33
Keywords: Covariance Estimation, Eigenvalues, Parameter Uncertainty, Portfolio Choice, Shrinkage
JEL Classification: G11, G12, C13
Date posted: March 24, 2010 ; Last revised: February 7, 2011
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