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On the Gains of Using High Frequency Data in Portfolio Selection


  • Brito Rui Pedro

    () (Centre for Business and Economics Research (CeBER), Grupo de Estudos Monetários e Financeiros (GEMF), Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, Portugal)

  • Sebastião Helder

    () (Centre for Business and Economics Research (CeBER), Grupo de Estudos Monetários e Financeiros (GEMF), Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, Portugal)

  • Godinho Pedro

    () (Centre for Business and Economics Research (CeBER), Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, Portugal)


This paper analyzes empirically the performance gains of using high frequency data in portfolio selection. Assuming Constant Relative Risk Aversion (CRRA) preferences, with different relative risk aversion levels, we compare low and high frequency portfolios within mean-variance, mean-variance-skewness and mean-variance-skewness-kurtosis frameworks. Using data on fourteen stocks of the Euronext Paris, from January 1999 to December 2005, we conclude that the high frequency portfolios outperform the low frequency portfolios for every out-of-sample measure, irrespectively to the relative risk aversion coefficient considered. The empirical results also suggest that for moderate relative risk aversion the best performance is always achieved through the jointly use of the realized variance, skewness and kurtosis. This claim is reinforced when trading costs are taken into account.

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  • Brito Rui Pedro & Sebastião Helder & Godinho Pedro, 2018. "On the Gains of Using High Frequency Data in Portfolio Selection," Scientific Annals of Economics and Business, Sciendo, vol. 65(4), pages 365-383, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:vrs:aicuec:v:65:y:2018:i:4:p:365-383:n:8

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    Portfolio selection; utility maximization criteria; higher moments; high frequency data;

    JEL classification:

    • C55 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Large Data Sets: Modeling and Analysis
    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions


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