Optimal Diversification within Mixed-Asset Portfolios using a Conditional Heteroskedasticity Approach: Evidence from the U.S. and the U.K.

Michael Giliberto, Foort Hamelink, Martin Edward Ralph Hoesli, Bryan Duncan MacGregor

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In this article, portfolio allocation strategies based on a threshold autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity model (QTARCH) are constructed for the United States and the United Kingdom and compared to a conventional asset allocation. Our procedure is based on partitioning the historical data into ‘states of the world,’ which are used to produce expectations of return and risk. Several approaches are developed to partition an initial in-sample period (1978-1983), using quarterly asset returns and economic data. These partitions are then used to test out-of-sample strategies for the next quarter. Although the conditional results are sensitive to the method of partitioning, we show that the approach can improve portfolio performance in both countries and that most of the performance improvement stems from using conditional variances-covariances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-45
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Real Estate Portfolio Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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