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Defensive online portfolio selection

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  • Fabio Stella
  • Alfonso Ventura

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The class of defensive online portfolio selection algorithms, designed for finite investment horizon, is introduced. The game constantly rebalanced portfolio and the worst case game constantly rebalanced portfolio, are presented and theoretically analysed. The analysis exploits the rich set of mathematical tools available by means of the connection between universal portfolios and the game-theoretic framework. The empirical performance of the worst case game constantly rebalanced portfolio algorithm is analysed through numerical experiments concerning the FTSE 100, Nikkei 225, Nasdaq 100 and S&P500 stock markets for the time interval, from January 2007 to December 2009, which includes the credit crunch crisis from September 2008 to March 2009. The results emphasise the relevance of the proposed online investment algorithm which significantly outperformed the market index and the minimum variance Sharpe-Markowitz's portfolio.

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  • Fabio Stella & Alfonso Ventura, 2011. "Defensive online portfolio selection," International Journal of Financial Markets and Derivatives, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 2(1/2), pages 88-105.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijfmkd:v:2:y:2011:i:1/2:p:88-105
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    Keywords

    constant rebalanced portfolio; CRP; online investment; portfolio selection; defensive forecasting; finite investment horizon; game theory; stock markets.;
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    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • C0 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General
    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General
    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis

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