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Your questions is unclear but I guess you mean that for the return of stock A you find a model $$ r_A = (0.5, 0.75) (r_F^1, r_F^2) + \epsilon_A $$ where $r_F^i$ are the factor returns and $\epsilon_A $ is an uncorrelated error. Let us denote $e_A = (0.5, 0.75)$, the exposure of stock $A$ to the factors. For $B$ you have $$ r_B = (0.75, 0.5) (r_F^1, r_F^2) ...


The factors are the same for both stocks, so there is just one factor covariance matrix for both A and B. Factor models are a way to reduce the dimension of a problem. If every stock had its own set of factors, this would increase the problem dimension.


I just made a Genetic Algorithms calculator you can try at http://www.gregthatcher.com/Stocks/GeneticAlgorithmCalculator.aspx I'm not a "quant expert" like all of you (I'm just a programmer), but here is what I've found. 1.) If you set the constraints up correctly, the results are amazing. e.g. you can get portfolios that have very high return and low ...


The work of the NYU V-Lab is interesting to me. They try to measure risk in the system as a whole "systemic risk", rather than risk in a single portfolio.


communicate risk in terms of loss to a given portfolio in simple terms so that ANY client would understand.

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