Is higher variance necessarily bad for investment?

Is higher variance necessarily bad for investment? We consider decision-making under risk in which random events affect the value of the portfolio multiplicatively, rather than additively. In this case, a higher variability in the rate of return not only is associated with a higher risk, a bad property, but also engenders a higher expected return, a good property. As a result, certain expected utility maximizing investors, namely those with the lowest risk aversion, will prefer some portfolios with higher variances in the rate of return over others with lower ones. This is demonstrated, and implications are considered. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting Springer Journals

Is higher variance necessarily bad for investment?

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Economics / Management Science; Finance/Investment/Banking; Accounting/Auditing; Econometrics; Operations Research/Decision Theory
ISSN
0924-865X
eISSN
1573-7179
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11156-013-0395-3
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