The Merit of High-Frequency Data in Portfolio Allocation

Nikolaus Hautsch, Lada M. Kyj, Peter Malec
2011 Social Science Research Network  
This paper addresses the open debate about the usefulness of high-frequency (HF) data in large-scale portfolio allocation. Daily covariances are estimated based on HF data of the S&P 500 universe employing a blocked realized kernel estimator. We propose forecasting covariance matrices using a multi-scale spectral decomposition where volatilities, correlation eigenvalues and eigenvectors evolve on different frequencies. In an extensive out-of-sample forecasting study, we show that the proposed
more » ... proach yields less risky and more diversified portfolio allocations as prevailing methods employing daily data. These performance gains hold over longer horizons than previous studies have shown. JEL Classification: G11, G17, C58, C14, C38
doi:10.2139/ssrn.1926098 fatcat:7slck6a3ejbfxcsjqbsbxlb5di