Dynamic Strategies, Asset Pricing Models, and the Out-of-Sample Performance of the Tangency Portfolio

FRB of Atlanta Working Paper No. 2003-6

57 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2002

Date Written: February 2003

Abstract

In this paper, I study the behavior of an investor with unit risk aversion who maximizes a utility function defined over the mean and the variance of a portfolio's return. Conditioning information is accessible without cost and an unconditionally riskless asset is available in the market.

The proposed approach makes it possible to compare the performance of a benchmark tangency portfolio formed from the set of unrestricted estimates of portfolio weights) to the performance of a restricted tangency portfolio which uses single-index and multi-index asset pricing models to constrain the first moments of asset returns.

The main findings of the paper are summarized as follows: i) The estimates of the constant and time-varying tangency portfolio weights are extremely volatile and imprecise. Using an asset pricing model to constrain mean asset returns eliminates extreme short positions in the underlying securities and improves the precision of the estimates of the weights. ii) Partially restricting mean asset returns according to single-index and multi-index asset pricing models improves the out-of-sample performance of the tangency portfolio. iii) Active investment strategies (i.e., strategies that incorporate the role played by conditioning information in investment decisions) strongly dominate passive investment strategies in-sample but do not provide any convincing pattern of improved out-of-sample performance.

Keywords: asset allocation, conditioning information, dynamic strategies, tangency portfolio

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G15

Suggested Citation

Robotti, Cesare, Dynamic Strategies, Asset Pricing Models, and the Out-of-Sample Performance of the Tangency Portfolio (February 2003). FRB of Atlanta Working Paper No. 2003-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=301976 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.301976

Cesare Robotti (Contact Author)

Warwick Business School ( email )

West Midlands, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

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