G17

Financial Forecasting and Simulation

Estimating a time-varying financial conditions index for South Africa?

This paper uses 39 monthly time series of the financial market observed from January 2000 to April 2017 to estimate a financial conditions index (FCI) for South Africa. The empirical technique used is a dynamic factor model with time-varying factor loadings proposed by Koop and Korobilis (2014) based on the principal component analysis and the Kalman smoother.

Capturing the Black Swan: Scenario-Based Asset Allocation with Fat Tails and Non-Linear Correlations

This paper highlights the shortfalls of Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT). Amongst other flaws, MPT assumes that returns are normally distributed; that correlations are linear; and that risks are symmetrical. We propose a dynamic and flexible scenario-based approach to portfolio selection that incorporates an investor’s economic forecast.

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