Document Type Master's Dissertation Author Royston, Guy Andrew URN etd-08042012-191113 Document Title Assessing a quantitative approach to tactical asset allocation Degree MBA Department Gordon Institute of Business Science Supervisor
Advisor Name Title Prof A Saville Supervisor Keywords
- simple moving average
- tactical asset allocation
- risk-adjusted return
Date 2012-03-08 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe purpose of this paper is to determine whether the adoption of a simple trend-following quantitative method improves the risk-adjusted returns across various asset classes within a South African market setting. A simple moving average timing model is tested since 1925 on the South African equity and bond markets and within a tactical asset allocation framework.
The timing solution when applied to the JSE All Share Index, RSA Government Bond Index and within an equally weighted portfolio improved returns, while reducing risk. Testing the model within sample by decade highlighted periods of inferior return performance providing evidence to support prior research (Faber, 2007) that the timing model acts as a risk reduction technique with limited to no impact on return.
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