Outperforming Naive Diversification Using Stock Level Information
50 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2015 Last revised: 7 Jan 2016
Date Written: October 1, 2015
We construct mean-variance portfolios using a factor model approach. We show the importance of portfolio allocation for large unbalanced equity data sets using the full CRSP database. We compare the performance of our portfolio construction methodology to the 1/N naive diversification strategy, standard shrinkage procedures, and alternative factor model estimation. We document significant out-of-sample performance improvement in terms of Sharpe ratios, turnover and certainty equivalent. We show that it is due to improved expected returns estimation coming from the 2-pass regression approach.
Keywords: Mean-Variance, factor model, optimization, 2 stage least square
JEL Classification: G11
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