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Using a Z-score Approach to Combine Value and Momentum in Tactical Asset Allocation


Peng Wang


University of Virginia - Investment Management Company

Larry Kochard


affiliation not provided to SSRN

January 29, 2011


Abstract:     
We present several active strategies for combining value and momentum strategies in a tactical asset allocation (TAA) framework. We refine the basic yield approach to valuation by standardizing the value signal using the Z-score. Such standardization not only enables us to directly compare valuation measures across asset classes, but also offers insight about each asset class’s absolute valuation by its own standard. Under the nonlinear approach, it helps to identify market peaks and bottoms. We improve the momentum strategy by considering both relative and absolute performances. In the combined tactical asset allocation model, this modification to momentum acts as a simple mechanism to adjust the importance of value and momentum strategies under different market conditions. Our combined model takes advantage of both short-term momentum effects and long-term mean-reversion in valuation to achieve superior overall portfolio performance. Finally, we also provide alternative models for smaller tracking errors.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: Value, Momentum, Tactical Asset Allocation, Dynamic Asset Allocation, TAA, Asset Classes, Z Score

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Date posted: December 17, 2010 ; Last revised: March 15, 2012

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Wang, Peng and Kochard, Larry, Using a Z-score Approach to Combine Value and Momentum in Tactical Asset Allocation (January 29, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1726443 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1726443

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Peng Wang (Contact Author)
University of Virginia (UVA) - Investment Management Company ( email )
Post Office Box 400215
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4215
United States
Larry Kochard
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
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