Anomalies and Efficient Portfolio Formation by S. P. Kothari

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Whatever the explanation, keep in mind that we screened out the lowest-priced and smallest-cap stocks, which enhances the practicality of investing in these quintiles in the period. 7 percent is statistically indistinguishable from zero. As with small companies, tilting toward growth stocks lowers the Sharpe ratio and M 2 measure (see also Figure 2, Panel B). The lack of statistical significance, however, leaves us less confident about the potential benefits from shorting the growth stocks based on this historical performance.

Financial planners typically recommend portfolios that consist of substantial investments in equity and bond securities. A mix of approximately 60 percent equities and 40 percent bonds is a common recommendation. Therefore, an interesting question is whether and by how much one should deviate from such a balanced market portfolio in light of the size, BV/MV, and momentum anomalies discussed earlier. S. T-bond returns. Except for this different market index, we then repeated our empirical analysis of the benefits of tilting toward size, BV/MV, and momentum quintiles.

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