62 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2012
Date Written: August 10, 2012
Mean-variance investing is all about diversification. Diversification considers assets holistically and exploits the interaction of assets with each other, rather than viewing assets in isolation. Holding a diversified portfolio allows investors to increase expected returns while reducing risks. In practice, mean-variance portfolios that constrain the mean, volatility, and correlation inputs to reduce sampling error have performed much better than unconstrained portfolios. These special cases include equal-weighted, minimum variance, and risk parity portfolios.
Keywords: Diversification, efficient frontier, free lunch, non-participation, risk parity, volatility weighting, estimation risk
JEL Classification: G11, G12
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Ang, Andrew, Mean-Variance Investing (August 10, 2012). Columbia Business School Research Paper No. 12/49. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2131932 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2131932