How to quantify the influence of correlations on investment diversification

Matúš MEDO, Chi Ho YEUNG, Yi-Cheng ZHANG

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Abstract

When assets are correlated, benefits of investment diversification are reduced. To measure the influence of correlations on investment performance, a new quantity—the effective portfolio size—is proposed and investigated in both artificial and real situations. We show that in most cases, the effective portfolio size is much smaller than the actual number of assets in the portfolio and that it lowers even further during financial crises. Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-39
JournalInternational Review of Financial Analysis
Volume18
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Diversification
Assets
Investment performance
Financial crisis

Citation

Medo, M., Yeung, C. H., & Zhang, Y.-C. (2009). How to quantify the influence of correlations on investment diversification. International Review of Financial Analysis, 18(1-2), 34-39. doi: 10.1016/j.irfa.2009.01.001

Keywords

  • Mean–Variance portfolio
  • Kelly portfolio
  • Diversification
  • Correlations