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Analysis of the rebalancing frequency in log-optimal portfolio selection

Daniel Kuhn & David G. Luenberger

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versione breve In a dynamic investment situation, the right timing of portfolio revisions and adjustments is essential to sustain long-term growth. A high rebalancing frequency reduces the portfolio performance in the presence of transaction costs, whereas a low rebalancing frequency entails a static investment strategy that hardly reacts to changing market conditions. This article studies a family of portfolio problems in a Black-Scholes type economy which depend parametrically on the rebalancing frequency. As an objective criterion we use log-utility, which has strong theoretical appeal and represents a natural choice if the primary goal is long-term performance. We argue that continuous rebalancing only slightly outperforms discrete rebalancing if there are no transaction costs and if the rebalancing intervals are shorter than about one year. Our analysis also reveals that diversification has a dual effect on the mean and variance of the portfolio growth rate as well as on their sensitivities with respect to the rebalancing frequency.
   
tipo Journal paper
   
parole chiave Portfolio selection, Log utility, Growth-optimal portfolio, Rebalancing frequency, Kelly criterion
   
lingua English
kind of paper journal article
data di apparenza 1-2-2010
giornale Quantitative Finance
Editore Routledge (Milton Park, UK)
ISSN 1469-7688
ISSN (online) 1469-7696
DOI 10.1080/14697680802629400
edizione del giornale 10
numero del giornale 2
pagine 221-234
review double-blind review
   
citation Kuhn, D., & Luenberger, D. G. (2010). Analysis of the rebalancing frequency in log-optimal portfolio selection. Quantitative Finance, 10(2), 221-234, DOI:10.1080/14697680802629400.