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Portfolio Selection with Skewness: A Comparison and a Generalized Two Fund Separation Result

  • Briec, Walter


    (Universit´e de Perpignan, Perpignan, France)

  • Kerstens, Kristiaan


    (IESEG School of Management, Lille, France)

  • Van de Woestyne, Ignace


    (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), Belgium)

The main aim of this contribution is to compare existing and newly developed techniques for geometrically representing mean-variance-skewness portfolio frontiers based on the rather widely adapted methodology of polynomial goal programming (PGP) on the one hand and the more recent approach based on the shortage function on the other hand. Moreover, we explain the working of these different methodologies in detail and provide graphical illustrations. Inspired by these illustrations, we prove a generalization of the well-known two fund separation theorem from traditional mean-variance portfolio theory.

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Paper provided by Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management in its series Working Papers with number 2011/09.

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Length: 34 page
Date of creation: Sep 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hub:wpecon:201109
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  1. W. Briec & K. Kerstens, 2010. "Portfolio selection in multidimensional general and partial moment space," Post-Print halshs-00473219, HAL.
  2. Walter Briec & Kristiaan Kerstens & Octave Jokung, 2007. "Mean-Variance-Skewness Portfolio Performance Gauging: A General Shortage Function and Dual Approach," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 53(1), pages 135-149, January.
  3. Walter Briec & Kristiaan Kerstens & Jean Baptiste Lesourd, 2001. "Single Period Markowitz Portfolio Selection, Performance Gading and Duality: A Variation on Luenberger'a Shortage Function," Working Papers 0203, Departament Empresa, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, revised Apr 2002.
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