Macro econometric models to predict the NAV of an asset allocation fund, VWELX

Kenneth D. Lawrence, Gary Kleinman, Sheila M. Lawrence, Ronald K. Klimberg

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Abstract

This research examines the use of econometric models to predict the total net asset value (NAV) of an asset allocation mutual fund. In particular, the mutual fund case used is the Vanguard Wellington Fund (VWELX). This fund maintains a balance between relatively conservative stocks and bonds. The period of the study on which the prediction of the total NAV is based is the 24-month period of 2010 and 2011 and the forecasting period is the first three months of 2012. Forecasting the total NAV of a massive conservative allocation fund, composed of an extremely large number of investments, requires a method that produces accurate results. Achieving this accuracy has no necessary relationship to the complexity of the methods typically employed in many financial forecasting studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Business and Management Forecasting
EditorsKenneth Lawrence, Ronald Klimberg
Pages115-133
Number of pages19
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Sep 2013

Publication series

NameAdvances in Business and Management Forecasting
Volume9
ISSN (Print)1477-4070

Keywords

  • Asset allocation
  • Econometrics
  • Forecasting
  • Macroeconomics
  • Mutual funds
  • Portfolio

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