The Economic Value of Volatility Timing

Posted: 18 Feb 2000

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Jeff Fleming

Rice University - Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business

Chris Kirby

UNC Charlotte - Belk College of Business

Barbara Ostdiek

Rice University - Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business

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Abstract

Numerous studies report that standard volatility models have low explanatory power, leading some researchers to question whether these models have economic value. We examine this question by using conditional mean-variance analysis to assess the value of volatility timing to short-horizon investors. We find that the volatility timing strategies outperform the unconditionally efficient static portfolios that have the same target expected return and volatility. This finding is robust to estimation risk and transaction costs.

JEL Classification: G12, G14

Suggested Citation

Fleming, Jeff and Kirby, Chris and Ostdiek, Barbara, The Economic Value of Volatility Timing. Journal of Finance. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=205890

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Chris Kirby

UNC Charlotte - Belk College of Business ( email )

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Barbara Ostdiek

Rice University - Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business ( email )

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