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Asset ManagementA Systematic Approach to Factor Investing$
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Andrew Ang

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199959327

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959327.001.0001

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Investing for the Long Run

Investing for the Long Run

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(p.113) Chapter 4 Investing for the Long Run
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Asset Management
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Andrew Ang

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959327.003.0004

The foundation of long-term investing is to rebalance to fixed asset positions, which are determined in a one-period portfolio choice problem where the asset weights reflect the investor’s attitude toward risk. Rebalancing is a counter-cyclical strategy that buys low and sells high. It worked well even during the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Lost Decade of the 2000s. Rebalancing goes against investors’ behavioral instincts and is also a short volatility strategy.

Keywords:   portfolio choice, rebalancing, Merton, dynamic programming, buy-and-hold, hedging demand, counter-cyclical investing, rebalancing bands, short volatility, liability hedging, diversification return, variance drain, Kelly (1956) rule

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