42 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2011
Date Written: June 2011
This paper introduces new nonparametric statistical methods to evaluate zero-cost investment strategies. We focus on directional trading strategies, risk-adjusted returns, and the investor's decisions under uncertainty as the core of our analysis. By relying on classification tools with a long tradition in the sciences and biostatistics, we can provide a tighter connection between model-based risk characteristics and the no-arbitrage conditions for market efficiency. Moreover, we extend the methods to multicategorical settings, such as when the investor can sometimes take a neutral position. A variety of inferential procedures are provided, many of which are illustrated with applications to excess equity returns and to currency carry trades.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Jorda, Oscar and Taylor, Alan M., Performance Evaluation of Zero Net-Investment Strategies (June 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w17150. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1866109