International Diversification of Pension Funds Using the Cointegration Approach: the Case of Poland

Radosław Kurach


In this study we present the method of portfolio selection suitable for long term investments and thus applicable to the pension funds industry. The choice of the portfolio is based on two stages. In the first one we identify the long-run co-movement using the cointegration analysis to eliminate the assets sharing common trends. Then, using the constrained set of assets from the first stage, we optimise the portfolio employing the Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT). By comparing the out-of-sample results we finally conclude that the portfolio supported by cointegration analysis performs significantly better than the one based solely on MPT. To illustrate this idea we identify the potential of the international diversification of the Polish Open Pension Funds (OPF) portfolios. We argue that the current OPF asset allocation exhibits insufficient foreign diversification (home bias) so it is desirable to change the regulatory policy to enable OPF investing abroad more.
Author Radosław Kurach (ES / IE / DME)
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- Department of Mathematical Economics
Journal seriesTransformations in Business & Economics, ISSN 1648-4460, (A 20 pkt)
Issue year2017
No2 (41)
Publication size in sheets0.6
Keywords in Englishportfolio theory, cointegration analysis, pension funds, international diversification, Central and Eastern European countries
ASJC Classification1406 Marketing; 3320 Political Science and International Relations; 2002 Economics and Econometrics; 3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous); 1403 Business and International Management
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 27-11-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.516; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.112 (2) - 2017=0.74 (5)
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