Improved Portfolio Choice using Second-Order Stochastic Dominance
We examine the use of second-order stochastic dominance as both a way to measure performance and also as a technique for constructing portfolios. Using in-sample data, we construct portfolios such that their second-order stochastic dominance over a typical pension fund benchmark is most probable. The empirical results based on 21 years of daily data suggest that this portfolio choice technique significantly outperforms the benchmark portfolio out-of-sample. As a preference-free technique it will also suit any risk-averse investor in e.g. a pension fund. Moreover, its out-of-sample performance across eight different measures is superior to widely discussed portfolio choice approaches such as equal weights, mean variance, and minimum-variance methods.
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