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Dynamic Portfolio Selection by Augmenting the Asset Space

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  • Brandt, Michael W.
  • Santa-Clara, Pedro
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    We present a novel approach to dynamic portfolio selection that is no more difficult to implement than the static Markowitz model. The idea is to expand the asset space to include simple (mechanically) managed portfolios and compute the optimal static portfolio in this extended asset space. The intuition is that a static choice among managed portfolios is equivalent to a dynamic strategy. We consider managed portfolios of two types: “conditional†and “timing†portfolios. Conditional portfolios are constructed along the lines of Hansen and Richard (1987). For each variable that affects the distribution of returns and for each basis asset, we include a portfolio that invests in the basis asset an amount proportional to the level of the conditioning variable. Timing portfolios invest in each basis asset for a single period and therefore mimic strategies that buy and sell the asset through time. We apply our method to a problem of dynamic asset allocation across stocks, bonds, and cash using the predictive ability of four conditioning variables.

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    Paper provided by Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA in its series University of California at Los Angeles, Anderson Graduate School of Management with number qt632436gt.

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    Date of creation: 01 Apr 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:cdl:anderf:qt632436gt

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    Cited by:
    1. Ravi Bansal & Magnus Dahlquist & Campbell R. Harvey, 2004. "Dynamic Trading Strategies and Portfolio Choice," NBER Working Papers 10820, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Brandt, Michael W & Santa-Clara, Pedro & Valkanov, Rossen, 2005. "Parametric Portfolio Policies: Exploiting Characteristics in the Cross Section of Equity Returns," University of California at Los Angeles, Anderson Graduate School of Management qt4ft420b6, Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA.
    3. Bhaduri, Saumitra & Saraogi, Ravi, 2010. "The predictive power of the yield spread in timing the stock market," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 11(3), pages 261-272, September.
    4. Michael W. Brandt & Pedro Santa-Clara & Rossen Valkanov, 2004. "Parametric Portfolio Policies: Exploiting Characteristics in the Cross Section of Equity Returns," NBER Working Papers 10996, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    5. Martin D. D. Evans & Viktoria Hnatkovska, 2005. "Solving General Equilibrium Models with Incomplete Markets and Many Assets," NBER Technical Working Papers 0318, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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