Discrete and Continuous Correlation

5 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2012 Last revised: 23 Mar 2013

Date Written: June 11, 2012


It is well understood that the choice of a discrete and continuous compounding model affects investment returns, but leaves end-of-period wealth unaffected.

In a previous research note , we have shown that the compounding model also does not affect Sharpe Ratios when calculated properly, i.e. using arithmetic average and volatility when working with continuous returns, geometric averages and volatilities with geometric returns.

In this research note, we analyze whether the compounding model affects asset dependence, provide a formula to convert continuous and discrete correlations and assess whether the conversion is relevant in real-world applications.

Keywords: correlation, portfolio construction, normal distribution, lognormal distribution, copula, compounding

Suggested Citation

Steiner, Andreas, Discrete and Continuous Correlation (June 11, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2082386 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2082386

Andreas Steiner (Contact Author)

Andreas Steiner Consulting GmbH ( email )

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