Alternative Title

Is Regime Switching in Stock Returns Important in Asset Allocations?

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

5-2010

Abstract

The stock market displays regime switching between upturns and downturns. This paper provides a Bayesian framework for making portfolio decisions that takes this regime switching into account, together with asset pricing model uncertainty and parameter uncertainty. The findings reveal that the economic value of accounting for regimes is substantially independent of whether or not model and parameter uncertainties are incorporated: the certainty-equivalent losses associated with ignoring regime switching are generally above 2% per year and can be as high as 10%. These results suggest that the more realistic regime switching model is fundamentally different from the commonly used single-state model, and hence should be employed instead in portfolio decisions irrespective of concerns about model or parameter uncertainty.

Keywords

investments, regime switching, model uncertainty, parameter uncertainty, Bayesian analysis

Discipline

Finance and Financial Management | Portfolio and Security Analysis

Research Areas

Finance

Publication

Management Science

Volume

56

Issue

7

First Page

1198

Last Page

1215

ISSN

0025-1909

Identifier

10.1287/mnsc.1100.1181

Publisher

INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences)

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.1100.1181

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