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Portfolio selection with mental accounts and estimation risk

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  • Alexander, Gordon J.
  • Baptista, Alexandre M.
  • Yan, Shu

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In Das, Markowitz, Scheid, and Statman (2010), an investor divides his or her wealth among mental accounts with short selling being allowed. For each account, there is a unique goal and optimal portfolio. Our paper complements theirs by considering estimation risk. We theoretically characterize the existence and composition of optimal portfolios within accounts. Based on simulated and empirical data, there is a wide range of account goals for which such portfolios notably outperform those selected with the mean-variance model for plausible risk aversion coefficients. When short selling is disallowed, the outperformance still typically holds but to a considerably lesser extent.

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  • Alexander, Gordon J. & Baptista, Alexandre M. & Yan, Shu, 2017. "Portfolio selection with mental accounts and estimation risk," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 161-186.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:empfin:v:41:y:2017:i:c:p:161-186
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jempfin.2016.07.012
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    Portfolio selection; Mental accounts; Estimation risk; Behavioral finance;
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    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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