Equity style timing using support vector regressions

R.M.M.J. Bauer, G. Nalbantov, B. Biesma

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The disappointing performance of value and small cap strategies shows that style consistency may not provide the long-term benefits often assumed in the literature. In this study it is examined whether the short-term variation in the us size and value premium is predictable. Style-timing strategies are documented based on technical and (macro-) economic predictors using a recently developed artificial intelligence tool called support vector regressions (svr). Svr are known for their ability to tackle the standard problem of overfitting, especially in multivariate settings. The findings indicate that both premiums are predictable under fair levels of transaction costs and various forecasting horizons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1095-1111
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Financial Economics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006


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