Short Sales Restrictions and Kinks on the Mean Variance Frontier

  • Author(s): PHILIP H. DYBVIG
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 239-244
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1984.tb03871.x


With a short sales restriction, there may be switching points along the mean variance frontier corresponding to changes in the set of assets held. Traditional wisdom holds that each switching point corresponds to a kink, while Ross has claimed that kinks never occur. This paper shows that the truth lies between the two views, since the efficient frontier may or may not be kinked at a switching point. There is some indication that kinks are rare, since a kink corresponds to a portfolio in which all assets have the same expected return.

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