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Properties of optimization under shortfall constraints in R

Properties of optimization under shortfall constraints in R. Hi, I'm having trouble optimizing a portfolio for a school project, which has been bothering me for a week. What I want to do is to ...
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Reference Request: Portfolio Optimization Conditional on downside threshold

Under a standard portfolio optimization framework we have some idea of a predictive return distribution $r_{t+1}$ and a Utility function $U(r)$, in the best case in a 'nice' form (differentiable ...
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Portfolio optimization

first I just hope that this question is in the right place. I have started working on portfolio optimization and the formulation of the problem and their solution : For example in the Markowitz ...
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Is it possible to deal with non-normal distribution in Black-Litterman model?

Suppose that I know that the normality assumption about my data is unrealistic (as it is very frequently): is it possible to apply any distribution that I judge the right one to the Black-Litterman ...
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Implementation of Kelly in multivariate case using modeled distributions

I am exploring how to determine an "optimal" portfolio in the context of real life data and systems. Specifically, I want to calculate a Kelly Optimal Portfolio (see this paper, especially section 8.4 ...
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Change in portfolio when IPO announced

I'm wondering whether there would be a change to my answer of the change in portfolio when there is a new stock introduced. My investment strategy is to maximise expected return such that my standard ...
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How can i build a portfolio of n assets that maximizes sortino ratio?

I want to construct a portfolio of n assets that maximizes the Sortino ratio. I want to use SOCP for the optimization but cannot formulate the Sortino ratio as a SOCP problem. How can I do this?
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Portfolio Analytics Optimization

I have a large dataset, 10,000 investments I am trying to create an optimized portfolio for. The portfolio has 3 restrictions. Long Only, Only 50 assets can be selected and every invested asset has ...
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Portfolio Optimization with equal weight for assets selected

I have a data frame of bets, with 1 being a win and 0 being a loss. These bets are correlated so I cannot just pick the highest winning percentage. Goal is to get 2 optimizations, 1 for max sharpe ...
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Bond's bid-ask spread with no arbitrage assumption

Suppose I have a bond with unknown bid-ask spread, and a portfolio, containing it and also other bonds, all with known bid-ask spreads. How can the unknown spread be inferred? I assume there should ...
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portfolio optimization averaging weights, what are benefits?

I'm playing around with different portfolio optimization techniques. Amongst others I was also looking at the resampling method, especially the one described in Meucci. I have two general questions ...
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Understanding CAPM, CML, and efficient portfolios

I'm trying to understand the CAPM model and how we can use it to understand efficient portfolios. Specfically, I'm trying to use the CML line (mapping expected returns and standard deviations of ...
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Constrained portfolio optimization - orthogonalize factor exposure

I am optimizing a stock portfolio with a few factors. If I constraint exposure to one of the factors to be a constant and set the exposure to other factors as zero. It is ok to use a diagonal factor ...
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Min-VAR portfolio construction in a universe of dividend stocks - choosing the observation period

The portfolio construction method of min-variance and similar concepts were discussed quite heavily in the recent past (see for example Thierry Roncalli's page). Over long horzon's we see ...
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High Beta 'Filter' for Minimum Variance Portfolios (MVP's) - Lower Risk/Improve Return?

I am busy conducting research in South Africa on the JSE. I am investigating several risk based portfolios with an emphasis on MVP/min vol. My process is as follows: Although the JSE has around 400 ...
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OHLC Covarianc Estimation

Is there an R package which can estimate a covariance matrix using OHLC (Open/High/Low/Close) share prices for upwards of 40 shares using the Yang & Zhang method using daily data? I google ...
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How to perform portfolio optimization with user-defined expected return and variances using R?

I found some functions for Markowitz mean variance portfolio optimization in R such as portfolio.optim in tseries package. ...
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Commercial Vendors for Risk Management and Portfolio Optimization and Performance Attribution

So this question is directly about companies such as Axioma, Barra, Northfield, and etc. that provide risk management, portfolio optimization, and performance attribution related services. I want to ...
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Mean Variance Portfolio theory and real-world problem?

There are many assumptions on mean-variance portfolio theory and they seem to be very unrealistic, for example 1) investors have the same information at the same time: calculating expected returns ...
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Basic question on Portfolio Theory

I was revising my stuff about portfolio theory and I noticed that every single time, expected return and corresponding variance or covariance are given! (not calculating ourselves). So I'm just ...
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Could we estimate a portfolio's volatility using a GARCH on the portfolio returns?

Estimating the volatility of a portfolio is typically done by first estimating the covariance matrix. This, however, can be difficult to do accurately and predictivly. This paper gives a nice summary ...
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optimization to maximize number of positive days

suppose I have $N$ models, with returns $r_{n,t}$ over $1,...,T$ periods ($T>>N$). I want to find weights $w_n$ for model $n \in 1,...,N$ such the final model $p$, whose returns will be $r_{p, ...
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Utility Theory and portfolio optimization - Proof of a lemma

I have a question on the following problem from chapter 9 of D. Luenberger, Investment Science, International Edition: (Portfolio Optimization) Suppose an investor has utility function $U$. ...
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Portfolio Hedging under Uncertain Correlations

I have a portfolio ($w_0=1$) and two hedging assets ($w_1,w_2$) and a co-variance matrix for the three $\Sigma$. However the co-variance $\Sigma$ is only an estimate. For fairly well behaved assets ...
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Definition of sharpe ratio maximising and variance minimising portfolios

In this paper, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2226985, in the derivation of the mean variance efficient portfolio using lagrangians in the appendix, on page 29, the two portfolios ...
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Portfolio Strategies Project

My first assignment for my Quantitative Finance Masters is to design a portfolio that theoretically makes money under any market movement. I am also asked to state all necessary assumptions. What ...
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Shrinkage Estimator giving unrealistic portfolio variances

I have a historical covariance matrix which is invertible for daily and monthly returns. I used the Ledoit,Wolf shrinkage estimator for the covariance matrix and now I get really small portfolio ...
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market neutral weights and cash values

I am looking at a market neutral portfolio and have a question which I think is probably pretty simple. So I can see the individual stock weights. ...
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soft vs hard contraints in portfolio optimizations

Consider two sample portfolio optimizations: Optimization 1: $\begin{matrix} \\ \min \frac{1}{2} w'\Sigma w \\ w'\mu = r \\ Aw = 0 \\ w_l \le w \le w_u \end{matrix}$ Optimization 2: $\begin{matrix} ...
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optimization with absolute constraints

Suppose I have an optimization where I need to impose ADV-like constraint (for a case where Shorting is allowed): $\max \mu'w - \lambda w'\Sigma w$ $ |w| \le V $ $ Aw = 0$ and I want to use a ...
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Correlation Between 2 Portfolios

I have a set of assets, n. I'm trying to find the correlation between 2 portfolios, say x and y, where x is nested in, or, a sub-set of y. That is, x is a portfolio based on a sub-set of n, while y is ...
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How to scale $\alpha$, trading costs in a standard portfolio optimization problem

In the usual "portfolio optimization problem under linear constraints". Let me define the terms here. $$ \text{Find } w^*=\underset{w}{\text{argmax}} \ \ r^Tw - \lambda w^{T} \Sigma w - ...
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Calculating Net Annualized Return on LendingClub historical data

I am interested in the formula LendingClub provides as their measure of "Net Annualized Return": $\big(1 + \frac{\sum_{i=1}^N{((I_i + L_i - S_i - C_i + R_i) / P_i) ...
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Matlab Portfolio Optimization with bid ask spread

I'm trying to find the optimal portfolio of options and stock which minimizes the standard deviation of the portfolio returns but also taking into consideration the bid and ask prices of the assets. ...
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Are there references about liquidation, transaction, market impact costs in portfolio optimization

I am looking for some references treating of what I would call liquidation cost market impact cost transaction cost(*) in the usual "portfolio optimization problem under linear constraints". Let ...
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Sharpe Maximization under Quadratic Constraints

When doing Sharpe optimization $$ \max_x \frac{\mu^T x}{\sqrt{x^T Q x}} $$ there is a common trick (section 5.2) used to put the problem in convex form. You add a variable $\kappa$ such that $x = ...
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Reference Request: Horse Race for Portfolio Allocation

Probably the most popular horse race study for portfolio strategies is Optimal versus Naive Diversification: How Inefficient Is the 1/N Portfolio Strategy?, with DeMiguel, L. Garlappi and R. ...
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Residual Covariance Matrix, and MVO for Residual Variance and Alpha

My overall goal is to find an efficient frontier using QP in terms of $\alpha$ and residual variance ($\omega^2$) for a portfolio $P$ given a benchmark $B$. We know the equation for residual variance ...
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When to adjust portfolio weights?

In portfolio allocation literature there is lot of effort made in obtaining 'better' portfolio weights, for example via improving parameter estimates, introducing Bayesian approaches, incorporating ...
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Beta Constrained Markowitz Minimum Variance Portfolio - Closed Form Solution

This question is related to recent rule changes in the Quantopian Open. I am trying to figure out a closed form solution to a beta constrained minimum variance portfolio problem but it doesn't seem ...
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Application of Control Theory in Quantitative Finance

I have recently completed an MSc in Control Systems from a top university. It seems to me that control theory must have an application within quantitative finance. I would like to apply my degree ...
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Portfolio of Assets

The following represents a model for an economy. At time $t=0$, four assets have the value $X_1= £5$, $X_2=£5$, $X_3=£10$ and $X_4=£4$. Three possible states of the world exist ($\alpha_1$, ...
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Investing in all assets with positive expected return and allowing for positive correlation

How does the answer to this question Risk minimization by investing in all assets with positive expected return change if assets can be positively correlated (but not perfectly) and short sales are ...
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What are pros and cons of mean absolute deviation portfolio optimization?

In this question a paper about mean absolute deviation portfolio optimization is mentioned and in the answer a spreadsheet with an implementation is attached. What is the use of this procedure? Does ...
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portfolio optimization with uncertain returns

What is the usual method of dealing with many uncertain mean returns in portfolio optimization? For example say you have a 3 asset portfolio with assets A, B and C. All the correlations and variances ...
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Stochastic control (HJB) for wealth process involving stopping times

Given a wealth process that evolves as $$d w_t = r w_t dt + \theta_t ( \sigma dW_t + (\mu-r) dt) - c_t dt.$$ where $\theta_t$ is the worth of holding at time $t$ and $c_t$ is the consumption stream. ...
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Calculating the optimal portfolio for an investor with quadratic utility

The problem is from Asset Pricing and Portfolio Theory by Back and can be found here. The relevant info from section 2.5 can be found here. Given that we have the Expected value and the variance of ...
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Computing the minimum variance portfolio

Given two risky assets and their corresponding covariance matrix, how do I compute the global minimum variance portfolio, its standard deviation and its expected return?
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constrained portfolio optimization by fmincon

I am working through this paper, http://www.nber.org/papers/w8922.pdf I want to implement the portfolio weight constraints see page 6-7. Here is the brief overview of my problem: Let ...