An Optimization Strategy for Enhancing the Performance of Fund of Funds Portfolios
Posted: 21 May 2019
Date Written: September 10, 2011
Previous research provides evidence that much of the cross-sectional variation in equity returns can be explained by firm characteristics or sectors such as market capitalization, price-to-earnings ratios, change in operating earnings, and book-to-market ratios. One popular money management technique is to construct a portfolio (fund) using other managed portfolios (funds). The resulting overall portfolio is generally referred to as a fund of funds. This study demonstrates the potential for performance enhancement in a fund of funds when portfolio optimization techniques are employed on sector funds in order to construct the overall fund. Specifically, ex-ante optimization over sector funds that are constructed on the basis of market capitalization, price-to-earnings ratios, change in operating earnings, and book-to-market ratios demonstrates the potential for enhancing an overall equity fund performance relative to value-weighted and equal-weighted benchmark portfolios constructed from the population of stocks from which the sector portfolios are formed.
Keywords: portfolio diversification, fund of funds, performance enhancement, parameter uncertainty
JEL Classification: G11
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