Limiting losses may be injurious to your wealth
Theory tells us that if return distributions are independent over time, an expected utility maximizing logarithmic-utility investor will almost surely accumulate the most long-run wealth. This paper examines the robustness of the result. Specifically, it examines the expected and unexpected long-run and short-run consequences of imposing Value at Risk and other loss constraints on power-utility investors with a numerical example and empirically in an asset-allocation setting covering the 1934–2008 period. In addition, it examines the expected and unexpected long-run consequences of imposing Conditional Value at Risk constraints on power-utility and prospect-theory (kinked linear-utility) investors.
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