The Impact of Proportional Transaction Costs on Systematically Generated Portfolios
SIAM Journal of Financial Mathematics, 2020
16 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2020
Date Written: June 25, 2020
The effect of proportional transaction costs on systematically generated portfolios is studied empirically. The performance of several portfolios (the index tracking portfolio, the equally-weighted portfolio, the entropy-weighted portfolio, and the diversity-weighted portfolio) in the presence of dividends and transaction costs is examined under different configurations involving the trading frequency, constituent list size, and renewing frequency. All portfolios outperform the index tracking portfolio in the absence of transaction costs. This outperformance is statistically significant for daily and weekly traded portfolios but not for monthly traded portfolios. However, when proportional transaction costs of 0.5% are imposed, most portfolios no longer outperform the market. Some exceptional cases include the entropy-weighted and the diversity-weighted portfolios under specific configurations. The only statistical significant difference appears for the relative underperformance of the equally-weighted portfolio.
Keywords: Diversity-weighted portfolio, equally-weighted portfolio, functionally generated portfolio, portfolio analysis, Stochastic Portfolio Theory, transaction cost
JEL Classification: G11
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