Portfolio Pretesting with Machine Learning
36 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2020
Date Written: December 2, 2019
This paper exploits the idea of pretesting to choose between competing portfolio strategies.
We propose a strategy that optimally trades off between the risk of going for a false positive strategy choice versus the risk of making a false negative choice.
Various different data-driven approaches are proposed based on an optimal choice of the pretested certainty equivalent and Sharpe Ratio.
Our approach belongs to the class of shrinkage portfolio estimators. However, contrary to previous approaches the shrinkage intensity is continuously updated to incorporate the most recent information in the rolling window forecasting set-up.
We show that the bagged pretest estimator performs exceptionally well, especially when combined with adaptive smoothing. The resulting strategy allows for a flexible and smooth switch between the underlying strategies and is shown to outperform the corresponding stand-alone strategies.
Keywords: Pretest Estimation, Bagging, Portfolio Allocation, Adaptive Learning
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