Improved Portfolio Choice Using Second Order Stochastic Dominance

Jackwerth, Jens Carsten and Hodder, James E. and Kolokolova, Olga (2015) Improved Portfolio Choice Using Second Order Stochastic Dominance. Review of Finance, 19 (4). pp. 1623-1647. ISSN 1572-3097

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Constructing portfolios based on second-order stochastic dominance (SSD) is theoretically attractive since all risk-averse investors would prefer a dominating portfolio. However, choosing among SSD efficient portfolios is a challenge without an obvious ranking metric. We explore particular choices based on Kuosmanen (2004) plus Kopa and Post (2011), comparing their performance to other SSD-related strategies and to standard portfolio choice approaches. These SSD-related choices outperform portfolios chosen based on their Sharpe ratio, information ratio, or using equal weights. Portfolios based on minimum variance that also match the benchmark’s mean return perform on a par with the SSD-related choices.

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