Empirical Economics

, Volume 56, Issue 4, pp 1341–1357 | Cite as

Detecting structural changes in large portfolios

  • Peter N. Posch
  • Daniel UllmannEmail author
  • Dominik Wied


Model-free tests for constant parameters often fail to detect structural changes in high dimensions. In practice, this corresponds to a portfolio with many assets and a reasonable long time series. We reduce the dimensionality of the problem by looking at a compressed panel of time series obtained by cluster analysis and the principal components of the data. With this procedure, we can extend tests for constant correlation matrix from a sub-portfolio to whole indices, which we exemplify using a major stock index.


Correlation Structural change Cluster analysis Portfolio management 

JEL Classification

C12 C55 C58 G11 



Financial support by the Collaborative Research Center Statistical Modeling of Nonlinear Dynamic Processes (SFB 823) of the German Research Foundation (DFG) is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Business and EconomicsTU Dortmund UniversityDortmundGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Business, Economics and Social ScienceUniversity of CologneCologneGermany

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