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Liquidity and conditional portfolio choice: A nonparametric investigation

  • Ghysels, Eric
  • Pereira, João Pedro
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    This paper studies the relation between liquidity and optimal portfolio allocations. Given that the portfolio problem of a constant relative risk aversion investor does not have a closed-form solution, we use a nonparametric approach to estimate the optimal allocations. Using a sample of NYSE stocks from 1963-2000, we find that the optimal portfolio weight in small stocks is strongly increasing in liquidity at short daily and weekly horizons. This result is consistent for three different measures of liquidity: price impact, dollar volume, and turnover. However, liquidity does not influence the optimal portfolio choice for large stocks, nor for longer monthly investment horizons.

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    Volume (Year): 15 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 4 (September)
    Pages: 679-699

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