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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 ...
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The importance of good optimizers in Portfolio Optimization

I work as a Quant for an Asset Management and Insurance company and have recently enrolled for Masters degree in Computer Science. I am thinking about investigating how important having a "good" ...
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What is the difference between generating portfolios on the efficient frontiers and generating different efficient frontiers

This question is bothering me for a while. We suppose a very simple and basic set up. Given are a certain amount of assets from which we want to build an portfolio in an "optimal sense". MPT gives us ...
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constrained portfolio optimization in matlab

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 ...
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Portfolio choice problem of a CARA investor with n risky assets

Ok, I am working on a problem that consists of the following: I am looking to solve the portfolio choice optimization problem (maximizing utility with a known utility function) in the case where all ...
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Constant Relative Risk Aversion

The question: Consider a person with constant relative risk aversion p. (a) Suppose the person has wealth of 100,000 and faces a gamble in which he wins or loses x with equal probabilities. ...
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On a source for a mean-variance portfolio optimization result

In the context of a mean_variance framework consider an optimizing investor who chooses at time $T$ portfolio weights $w$ so as to maximize the quadratic objective function: $$U(w) = E[R_p] - ...
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On learning the bayesian approach to portfolio optimization

I am required by my course to write a small paper on the Bayesian approach to portfolio optimization, I am following Applied statistical decision theory [by] Raiffa, Howard. Which can be consulted ...
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Portfolio Optimization - Zero beta portfolio

I am trying to solve a optimization portfolio in R in which I do the following constraints: Set weight sum to within a boundary Set return to a certain value Set portfolio beta to 0 The purpose ...
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Black-Litterman with simple portfolio

In an attempt to learn Black-Litterman I have come across this "simple" example. Suppose that you analyze market data using CAPM $$r_i-r_f=\beta_i(r_m-r_f)+\epsilon_i$$ Suppose there are 2 assets in ...
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Equall Risk Contribution and The Most Diversified Portfolio [closed]

I am a master degree student on applied economics at Brazil and my thesis will be about smart beta strategies. I pretend to apply Equal Weigth, Mininum Variance, Most Diversified Portfolio and Equal ...
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short-sale constraint with nonpositive-definite matrix in portfolio optimization

I need help about portfolio optimization in R. I have inverted matrix and I want to use it as an input in portfolio optimization. It was non-positive definite before I have handled it. In portfolio ...
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Critical Appraisal of Approaches countering Parameter Uncertainty in Portfolio Optimization

It is very hard to come up with legit and solid advantages and drawbacks of the various approaches wich are trying to counteract parameter uncertainty in portfolio optimization procedures. In my ...
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Sharpe Ratio for loans

I am trying to calculate the sharpe ratio for a set of loans. These loans have already matured and I know if they were good or not: grades are the different grades of the loans. interest rate is the ...
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volatility grouping

I was working on risk levels of a combined portolfio (includes options,futures as well as stock). While using greeks we can asses some value of a portolio, but when one needs to assess some kind of ...
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Optimization metric that takes into account number of trades vs expectancy

In optimizing my automated trading system I find that certain combinations while increasing the expectancy: ...
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Factor Model - Minimum Variance Portfolio [Complete Proof]

Can someone check my proof? I think there is something not quite right. I have found limited resources online for this as well so I think it might benefit others to get this on the internet. Assume ...
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Portfolio Optimization using S&P Universes

Assuming a set portfolio optimization problem, if all optimization inputs are kept constant, what would you expect, in terms of results, if you run the same optimization using the S&P500 as ...
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Calculating the efficient frontier from expected returns and SD

I'm trying to calculate the efficient frontier (and the optimal portfolio at the Sharpe ratio) given two vectors for a portfolio: (1) expected returns and (2) historical standard deviations. I would ...
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Transform MPT optimization problem

I am trying to teach myself about MPT and optimization. I understand that MPT solutions can be found using three equivalent optimization problems: Minimizing variance for given return limit ...
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Portfolio Turnover Constraint

I have a few bonds and OAS and Duration for each. I had a Linear programming type of problem where I had to maximize OAS and keep duration <= constraint. There are few other constraints. I could ...
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quadratic programming portfolio optimisation

I am using MATLAB to do an optimisation. The QP minimisation problem is set up in the standard form shown below. The optimisation is used to calculate the weights (x vector in the equation below) of a ...
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Different ways of portfolio optimization

There are different ways to optimize portfolios: $$ \max R^Tw\tag{1}$$ or $$ \min w^T \Sigma w\tag{2}$$ and finally using a risk tolerance $\lambda$: $$ \min{(w^T\Sigma w-\lambda R^T ...
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MPT and the connection to asset prices / initial capital

I have some question about MPT. Suppose we want to build a portfolio given $N$ assets: $A_1,\dots,A_N$. At time $t$ we build the portfolio using MPT, which yields some weight vector ...
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Fixed volatility portfolio with max returns creates skewed results

I am trying to create a portfolio of only four components using the mean-variance optimization (MVO). I am setting up my problem such that I want to maximize the expected returns with a fixed vol ...
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Portfolio Optimization - n risky assets

I'm currently implementing a CAPM model in Excel: A portfolio of n risky assets when n=6 (in this case) A riskless borrowing rate of 8% and riskless lending rate of 3% I'm given the expected return ...