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Strategic Asset Allocation and Consumption Decisions under Multivariate Regime Switching

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  • Massimo Guidolin, University of Virginia
  • Allan Timmermann

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This paper studies optimal asset allocation to stocks, long-term bonds and T-bills and consumption choice in the presence of regime switching in asset returns. Optimal asset allocations vary considerably across four states - both across bonds and stocks and among large and small stocks - and change significantly over time as investors revise their estimates of the current state probabilities. In the crash state investors always allocate more of their portfolio to stocks the longer their investment horizon, while the optimal allocation to stocks declines as a function of the investment horizon in bull markets. Consumption-to-wealth ratios are also found to depend on the underlying state. Welfare costs from ignoring regime switching are substantial, especially when frequent rebalancing is considered. Results are found to be robust to changes in risk aversion, the imposition of short sale restrictions, the inclusion of standard predictor variables such as the dividend yield and to parameter uncertainty

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society 2004 Australasian Meetings with number 349.

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Date of creation: 11 Aug 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ecm:ausm04:349

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Keywords: asset allocation; regime switching; risk aversion;

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  1. Meenagh, David & Minford, Patrick & Peel, David, 2006. "Simulating Stock Returns Under Switching Regimes - A New Test of Market Efficiency," CEPR Discussion Papers 5614, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Massimo Guidolin & Sadayuki Ono, 2005. "Are the dynamic linkages between the macroeconomy and asset prices time-varying?," Working Papers 2005-056, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
  3. Fernando Alexandre & Vasco J. Gabriel & Pedro Bação, 2007. "The Consumption-Wealth Ratio Under Asymmetric Adjustment," NIPE Working Papers 15/2007, NIPE - Universidade do Minho.
  4. Asger Lunde & Allan Timmermann, 2005. "Completion time structures of stock price movements," Annals of Finance, Springer, vol. 1(3), pages 293-326, 08.
  5. Marie Brière & Ombretta Signori, 2011. "Inflation hedging portfolios in different regimes," BIS Papers chapters, in: Bank for International Settlements (ed.), Portfolio and risk management for central banks and sovereign wealth funds, volume 58, pages 139-163 Bank for International Settlements.
  6. Mark E. Wohar & David E. Rapach, 2005. "Return Predictability and the Implied Intertemporal Hedging Demands for Stocks and Bonds: International Evidence," Computing in Economics and Finance 2005 329, Society for Computational Economics.
  7. Bernd Scherer, 2009. "A note on portfolio choice for sovereign wealth funds," Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, Springer, vol. 23(3), pages 315-327, September.

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