A Comprehensive Appraisal of Style-Integration Methods
54 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2017 Last revised: 20 Feb 2020
Date Written: May 8, 2019
The paper provides a comprehensive appraisal of style-integration methods in equity index, fixed income, currency, and commodity futures markets. We confront the naïve equal-weight integration (EWI) method with a host of ‘sophisticated’ style-integrations that derive the style exposures using past data according to utility maximization, style rotation, volatility timing, cross-sectional pricing, style momentum or principal components criteria. The analysis, conducted separately per futures market and cross-markets, reveals that the EWI portfolio is unrivalled in terms of risk-adjusted performance while it sustains a relatively low turnover. The findings are robust to analyses that entertain variants of the sophisticated integrations, longer estimation windows, several asset scoring schemes, data snooping tests, sub-periods evaluation and equities in place of futures.
Keywords: Style integration; Futures markets; Long-short asset allocation
JEL Classification: G13; G14
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