An Out-of-Sample Evaluation of Dynamic Portfolio Strategies

Forthcoming in the Review of Finance

EFA 2008 Athens Meetings Paper

55 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2008 Last revised: 25 Nov 2014

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Chunhua Lan

University of New Brunswick - Fredericton; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

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Date Written: June 1, 2014


This paper evaluates out-of-sample portfolio performance for a real-time investor who can exploit time variation in the conditional mean and volatility of stock returns in optimizing a multiperiod portfolio choice problem.

With the presence of parameter uncertainty, our out-of-sample analysis shows that ignoring time variation in the first two return moments leads to significant utility costs of at least 1.97% of annualized certainty equivalent return.

Accounting for the time-varying risk premium plays a more important role than considering time-varying volatility in improving portfolio performance.

Interestingly, behaving myopically or ignoring the hedge against changes in future investment opportunities can lead to small out-of-sample utility losses or even utility gains.

Keywords: dynamic portfolio choice, real-time portfolio performance, out-of-sample portfolio performance

JEL Classification: G11, G12

Suggested Citation

Lan, Chunhua, An Out-of-Sample Evaluation of Dynamic Portfolio Strategies (June 1, 2014). Forthcoming in the Review of Finance; EFA 2008 Athens Meetings Paper. Available at SSRN: or

Chunhua Lan (Contact Author)

University of New Brunswick - Fredericton ( email )

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P.O. Box 4400
Fredericton NB E3B 5A3

Financial Research Network (FIRN)

C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane


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