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Traditional mean–variance optimization focuses on the optimal allocation, but evolutionary finance looks for the optimal strategy. This paper develops a multi-asset evolutionary finance model and finds that yield-based strategies are superior.


Overview

Standard strategic asset allocation procedures usually neglect market interaction. However, returns are not generated in a vacuum but the result of the market’s price discovery mechanism. Evolutionary finance accounts for this and endogenizes asset prices.This paper develops a multi-asset evolutionary finance model. Requiring little more than dividend and interest rate data, it provides a valuable guide to this class of models. While traditional mean/variance optimization is concerned with finding the optimal allocation, evolutionary finance’s focus is on finding the optimal strategy. This paper shows that yield-based strategies outperform competing alternatives and are evolutionarily advantageous for multi-asset investors.

About the Authors

Thorsten Hens

Thorsten Hens is a Swiss Finance Institute professor at the University of Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland, and a professor at the University of Lucerne and NHH Bergen.

Michael Schnetzer

Michael Schnetzer is the Head of Asset Management at Bank von Roll in Zurich, Switzerland.