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On the Evolution of Investment Strategies and the Kelly Rule – A Darwinian Approach

This paper complements theoretical studies on the Kelly rule in evolutionary finance by studying a Darwinian model of selection and reproduction in which the diversity of investment strategies is maintained through genetic programming. We find that investment strategies which optimize long-term performance can emerge in markets populated by unsophisticated investors. Regardless whether the market is complete or incomplete and whether states are i.i.d. or Markov, the Kelly rule is obtained as the asymptotic outcome. With price-dependent rather than just state-dependent investment strategies, the market portfolio plays an important role as a protection against severe losses in volatile markets.

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Paper provided by Department of Business and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 2006/23.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 19 Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:nhhfms:2006_023
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