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: A Risk Management Approach to Optimal Asset Allocation

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  • Thomas J. Flavin

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  • Michael R. Wickens

    (University of York, UK.)

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This paper examines how to improve tactical asset allocation by better risk management instead of concentrating on maximising returns. This is achieved by using forecasts of the time- varying conditional covariance matrix of returns obtained from a new specification of the multivariate GARCH process that is particularly well suited to modelling asset returns due to its generality, parameter parsimony and relative ease of estimation. We show that for a portfolio of four UK assets over the period 1976-1997 it would be possible to reduce portfolio risk by on average 5% compared with using the constant sample covariance matrix.

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  • Thomas J. Flavin & Michael R. Wickens, 1998. ": A Risk Management Approach to Optimal Asset Allocation," Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series n851298, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.
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    1. Thomas J. Flavin & Michael R. Wickens, 1998. "Optimal International Asset Allocation and Home Bias," Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series n841298, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.
    2. Flavin, T. J. & Wickens, M. R., 2003. "Macroeconomic influences on optimal asset allocation," Review of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 12(2), pages 207-231.
    3. Thomas J. Flavin & Michael R. Wickens, 1998. ": A Risk Management Approach to Optimal Asset Allocation," Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series n851298, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.
    4. Thomas J. Flavin & Michael R. Wickens, 2006. "Optimal International Asset Allocation With Time-Varying Risk," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 53(5), pages 543-564, November.
    5. Smith, Peter & Wickens, Michael, 2002. " Asset Pricing with Observable Stochastic Discount Factors," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 16(3), pages 397-446, July.
    6. Thomas J. Flavin & Michael R. Wickens, 2000. "Global Asset Allocation with Time-varying Risk," Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series n1020800, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.
    7. Thomas J. Flavin & Michele G. Limosani, 2000. "Explaining European Short-term Interest Rate Differentials: An Application of Tobin's Portfolio Theory," Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series n1000500, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.

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    Risk management; asset allocation; GARCH;

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