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Performance Evaluation of Zero Net-Investment Strategies

Oscar Jorda () and Alan Taylor ()

No 17150, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper introduces new nonparametric statistical methods to evaluate zero-cost investment strategies. We focus on directional trading strategies, risk-adjusted returns, and the investor's decisions under uncertainty as the core of our analysis. By relying on classification tools with a long tradition in the sciences and biostatistics, we can provide a tighter connection between model-based risk characteristics and the no-arbitrage conditions for market efficiency. Moreover, we extend the methods to multicategorical settings, such as when the investor can sometimes take a neutral position. A variety of inferential procedures are provided, many of which are illustrated with applications to excess equity returns and to currency carry trades.

JEL-codes: C14 C59 G14 G17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-06
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