Optimal Portfolio Allocation Under Higher Moments

28 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2006

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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

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Abstract

We evaluate how departure from normality may affect the allocation of assets. A Taylor series expansion of the expected utility allows to focus on certain moments and to compute the optimal portfolio allocation numerically. A decisive advantage of this approach is that it remains operational even for a large number of assets. While the mean-variance criterion provides a good approximation of the expected utility maximisation under moderate non-normality, it may be ineffective under large departure from normality. In such cases, the three-moment or four-moment optimisation strategies may provide a good approximation of the expected utility.

Keywords: asset allocation, stock returns, non-normality, utility function.

JEL Classification: C22, C51, G12

Suggested Citation

Jondeau, Eric and Rockinger, Georg Michael, Optimal Portfolio Allocation Under Higher Moments. European Financial Management, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 29-55, January 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=875029 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1354-7798.2006.00309.x

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Georg Michael Rockinger

University of Lausanne - School of Economics and Business Administration (HEC-Lausanne) ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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United Kingdom

Swiss Finance Institute

c/o University of Geneva
40, Bd du Pont-d'Arve
CH-1211 Geneva 4
Switzerland

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