Skewness Expectations and Portfolio Choice
81 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2016 Last revised: 5 May 2020
Date Written: March 28, 2020
Many models of investor behavior predict that investors prefer assets that they believe to have positively skewed return distributions. We provide a direct test of this prediction in a representative sample of the Dutch population. Using individual-level data on return expectations for a broad index and a single stock, we show that portfolio allocations increase with the skewness of respondents' return expectations for the respective asset, controlling for other moments of a respondent's expectations and a host of sociodemographic information. We also show that while an individual's expectations are correlated across assets, sociodemographics only capture very little of the substantial heterogeneity in expectations.
Keywords: Stock Market Expectations, Skewness, Portfolio Choice, Behavioral Finance
JEL Classification: G02, G11
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