A rank-based approach in portfolio asset allocation


Applied Economics Letters, 2023 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13504851.2023.2212961
  • Journal Name: Applied Economics Letters
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, ABI/INFORM, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, CAB Abstracts, EconLit, Geobase, Public Affairs Index, Veterinary Science Database, DIALNET
  • Keywords: maximum-diversification, Portfolio allocation, portfolio performance, rank-based approach
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


We propose a novel rank-based approach (RBA) that can be applied in portfolio allocation tasks. The proposed approach penalizes downside deviations below zero by using the sign, magnitude, and distributional rank of assets. Performance of RBA is compared with the equally weighted, traditional mean-variance and more recently proposed portfolio strategies including improved estimators for covariance misspecification. Overall, applied various performance metrics, in particular, return-per-unit of risk measures provide convincing evidence of enhanced performance in favour of RBA portfolios.