Using Four-Moment Tail Risk to Examine Financial and Commodity Instrument Diversification
AbstractWe consider the effect of higher moments on diversification, since most assets possess a potential for tail losses. In particular, we examine higher-moment Value-at-Risk measures for individual instruments and diversified portfolios. We find that a naïve futures portfolio is consistently superior to common stock indexes. As few as ten randomly chosen instruments diversify away 85% of the unsystematic four-moment tail risk. We also compare the two- and four-moment tail risks for different size portfolios. Finally, the tail risk for naïve portfolios varies much less over time than other portfolios. Copyright (c) 2010, The Eastern Finance Association.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Eastern Finance Association in its journal Financial Review.
Volume (Year): 45 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
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