The Allocation of Assets Under Higher Moments

FAME Research Paper No. 71

36 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2003

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Eric Jondeau

University of Lausanne - Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC Lausanne); Swiss Finance Institute

Michael Rockinger

University of Lausanne - School of Economics and Business Administration (HEC-Lausanne); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Swiss Finance Institute

Date Written: December 2002

Abstract

We evaluate how deviations from normality may affect the allocation of assets. A Taylor expansion of expected utility allows us to focus on certain moments and to compute numerically the optimal portfolio allocation. A decisive advantage of our approach is that it remains operational even if a large number of assets is involved. We obtain that for small values of the risk-aversion parameter, non-normality does not alter significantly the optimal allocation. In contrast, when the investor is strongly risk averse and restricted to invest in risky assets, we also obtain significant changes in portfolio weights.

Keywords: Asset allocation, Stock returns, Non-normality, Utility function

JEL Classification: C22, C51, G12

Suggested Citation

Jondeau, Eric and Rockinger, Georg Michael, The Allocation of Assets Under Higher Moments (December 2002). FAME Research Paper No. 71, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=410743 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.410743

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