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Long-term portfolio investments: New insight into return and risk


  • Abramov, Alexander
  • Radygin, Alexander
  • Chernova, Maria


This article analyzes the impact of the increase of an investment horizon on the comparative advantages of the basic asset classes and on the principles of constructing the investment strategy. It demonstrates that the traditional approach of portfolio management theory, which states that investments in stocks are preferable over bonds in terms of their long-run risk–return trade-offs, is by no means always consistent with empirical evidence. This article proves the opposite, i.e., that for long-term investors, investments in corporate bonds are more profitable in terms of the risk–return ratio than investments in stocks, arguing in favor of strategies pursued by pension funds and other institutional investors focused primarily on investments in fixed-income instruments, including infrastructural bonds.

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  • Abramov, Alexander & Radygin, Alexander & Chernova, Maria, 2015. "Long-term portfolio investments: New insight into return and risk," Russian Journal of Economics, Elsevier, vol. 1(3), pages 273-293.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:rujoec:v:1:y:2015:i:3:p:273-293
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ruje.2015.12.001

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    retirement savings; long-term investments; investment horizon; stock and bond returns; stock and bond investment risks; portfolio diversification;

    JEL classification:

    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G17 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Financial Forecasting and Simulation
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions


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