Computing optimal rebalance frequency for log-optimal portfolios in linear time
DOI: 10.1080/14697688.2014.926020
Title: Computing optimal rebalance frequency for log-optimal portfolios in linear time
Journal Title: Quantitative Finance
Volume: pages 1-14
Issue: pages 1-14
Publication Date: pages 1-14
Start Page: pages1-14
End Page: pages1-14
ISSN: 1469-7688
Affiliations:
a Department of Computer Science, University of Wisconsin, 2200 East Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53211, USA.
Abstract: The pure form of log-optimal investment strategies are often considered to be impractical due to the inherent need for continuous rebalancing. It is however possible to improve investor log utility by adopting a discrete-time periodic rebalancing strategy. Under the assumptions of geometric Brownian motion for assets and approximate log-normality for a sum of log-normal random variables, we find that the optimum rebalance frequency is a piecewise continuous function of investment horizon. One can construct this rebalance strategy function, called the optimal rebalance frequency function, up to a specified investment horizon given a limited trajectory of the expected log of portfolio growth when the initial portfolio is never rebalanced. We develop the analytical framework to compute the optimal rebalance strategy in linear time, a significant improvement from the previously proposed search-based quadratic time algorithm.
Accepted: 8 May 2014

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