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Portfolio Return Characteristics of Different Industries


  • Pouchkarev, I.
  • Spronk, J.
  • van Vliet, P.


Over the last decade we have witnessed the rise and fall of the so-called new economy stocks. One central question is to what extent these new firms differ from traditional firms. Empirical evidence suggests that stock returns are not normally distributed. In this article we investigate whether this also holds for portfolios of stocks from a growth industry. Furthermore, we will compare this type of portfolios with portfolios of stocks from a more traditional industry. Usually, only value weighted and equally weighted portfolios are used to describe and compare portfolio return characteristics. Instead, in our analysis, we use a novel approach in which we use an infinite number of portfolios that together represent the set of all feasible portfolio opportunities.

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  • Pouchkarev, I. & Spronk, J. & van Vliet, P., 2003. "Portfolio Return Characteristics of Different Industries," ERIM Report Series Research in Management ERS-2003-014-F&A, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  • Handle: RePEc:ems:eureri:272

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    investments; performance evaluation; portfolio management; sector index; stock markets;

    JEL classification:

    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance
    • M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics


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