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Symmetric vs. Downside Risk: Does It Matter for Portfolio Choice?


  • Olga Bourachnikova

    () (Laboratoire de Recherche en Gestion et Economie, EM Strasbourg, Université de Strasbourg)

  • Nurmukhammad Yusupov

    (Audencia Nantes School of Management)


While symmetric measures of risk, such as variance, have been conven- tionally used in ?nance, downside risk measures are arguably more intuitive although computationally more complex to use. Opponents of symmetric risk measures suggest that investors use downside risk approach to invest- ment decisions. In this paper, using French stock market data, we empir- ically test whether the two approaches to portfolio optimization produce signi?cantly di¤erent outcomes. Our results suggest portfolio choice under downside risk and symmetric risk frameworks yield similar results. Our paper contributes to the ongoing debate on the relevance of symmetric vs. downside risk measures.

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  • Olga Bourachnikova & Nurmukhammad Yusupov, 2009. "Symmetric vs. Downside Risk: Does It Matter for Portfolio Choice?," Working Papers of LaRGE Research Center 2009-13, Laboratoire de Recherche en Gestion et Economie (LaRGE), Université de Strasbourg.
  • Handle: RePEc:lar:wpaper:2009-13

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    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions

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