Dynamic Strategic Asset Allocation: Risk and Return Across Economic Regimes

25 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2009 Last revised: 17 Jul 2009

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David Blitz

Robeco Quantitative Investments

Pim van Vliet

Robeco Quantitative Investments

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Date Written: July 2009


We propose a practical investment framework for dynamic asset allocation across different economic regimes, which we illustrate using a sample of U.S. data from 1948 to 2007. We identify four regimes in the economic cycle and find that these regimes capture pronounced time-variation in the risk and return properties of asset classes. Time-variation is also observed in the risk of a traditional, static strategic asset allocation portfolio. In order to stabilize risk across the economic cycle we propose a dynamic strategic asset allocation approach, which has the potential to enhance expected return as well. The proposed approach is found to be robust to variations in the variable composition of the regime model and can easily be extended with different economic variables and/or additional assets.

Keywords: asset allocation, TAA, economic regimes, business cycle, portfolio choice, time-varying risk, time-varying return

JEL Classification: C32, G11, C11

Suggested Citation

Blitz, David and van Vliet, Pim, Dynamic Strategic Asset Allocation: Risk and Return Across Economic Regimes (July 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1343063 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1343063

David Blitz

Robeco Quantitative Investments ( email )

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Rotterdam, 3014 DA

Pim Van Vliet (Contact Author)

Robeco Quantitative Investments ( email )

Rotterdam, 3011 AG

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