Do 'Dogs of the World' Bark or Bite? Evidence From Single-Country ETFs
David M. Smith
State University of New York at Albany - School of Business
Vladimir S. Pantilei
SUNY at Albany - School of Business
September 9, 2013
Journal of Investing, Forthcoming
Mean reversion in financial markets is commonly accepted as a powerful force. This paper examines the performance of a simple mean-reversion-based strategy -- Dogs of the World -- designed to take advantage of return reversals in national equity markets. Both a simulated application of the strategy using indexes since 1971 and application using single-country ETFs since 1997 produces higher compounded average returns than those of a comparable market index. Although the Dogs strategy also produces higher volatility than the index, the information ratio for the strategy suggests that the return more than compensates. An advantage of this strategy is that its implementation using single-country ETFs is straightforward and inexpensive.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 15, 2013 ; Last revised: April 10, 2014
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