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Strategic asset allocation and market timing: a reinforcement learning approach

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  • Thorsten Hens

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  • Peter Wöhrmann

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We apply the recurrent reinforcement learning method of Moody, Wu, Liao, and Saffell (1998) in the context of the strategic asset allocation computed for sample data from US, UK, Germany, and Japan. It is found that the optimal asset allocation deviates substantially from the fixed-mix rule. The investor actively times the market and he is able to outperform it consistently over the almost two decades we analyze. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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  • Thorsten Hens & Peter Wöhrmann, 2007. "Strategic asset allocation and market timing: a reinforcement learning approach," Computational Economics, Springer;Society for Computational Economics, vol. 29(3), pages 369-381, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:compec:v:29:y:2007:i:3:p:369-381 DOI: 10.1007/s10614-006-9064-0
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    1. Jin-Ray Lu & Chih-Ming Chan & Wen-Shen Li, 2011. "Portfolio Selections with Innate Learning Ability," International Journal of Business and Economics, College of Business and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, vol. 10(3), pages 201-217, December.

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