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Are the correlations of multivariate stock prices preserved when converted to multivariate returns?

If data for multiple stock prices has a specific correlation matrix, is the correlation matrix preserved when those prices are converted to multivariate log-differenced returns?
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Why does the likelihood of corner solutions in portfolios increase as the number of assets grows?

A three- asset portfolio doesn't seem prone to generating corner solutions, which are very high allocations to one of the assets and $0$ to the others. Instead, when the number of assets is low, these ...
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Asset Allocation with near zero rates

With central banks pegging interest rates to near zero rates, an argument could be made that the future distribution of interest rates and bond returns are not normally distributed. How has modern ...
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How to annualize the correlation matrix?

If asset returns are daily, and the asset return covariance matrix, $\Sigma$, is annualized by $\Sigma \times 252$, do I also multiply the correlation matrix by 252 to annualize it?
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Do EWMA weights remove autocorrelation in asset returns?

I know that the exponentially weighted moving average (EWMA) volatility estimator drapes a decaying weight function over historical returns in order to weight the past according to the decay of their ...
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Interpretation of a uniform asset return distribution

Typically asset return distributions are bell-shaped with most mass occurring in and around the center, 0% returns, and less so in the tails, with the left tail representing the probability of large ...
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How to adjust a portfolio's rate of return for contributions and withdrawals?

Suppose we have a portfolio with many assets. Since this portfolio receives monthly contributions and withdrawals, what is the best method to evaluate its global rate of return and avoid computing ...
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Using Timeseries DB for Tracking Asset Performance over time

I am building a system that allows users to purchase digital assets, and i would like to know the asset's performance of individual users. A user may purchase an asset multiple time in a single day, ...
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Do asset return correlations have strong non-linear interactions? [duplicate]

If I compute the correlation matrix for $N$ stocks or indices, are there always expected to be strong non-linear dependencies between each asset pair-wise? Or are there only linear dependencies in ...
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How to compute returns from cumulative returns in Python? [closed]

If X is a $T\times N$ pandas DataFrame of multivariate asset returns, the cumulative returns can be computed in python as (1 + X).cumprod() - 1 How can I reverse this operation so that I go ...
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Forecasting credit returns

I am doing some "rough"/"back-of-the-envelope" estimation for 10-year credit returns based on some IG and HY credit indices (not specific bonds). My basic assumption is that the ...
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Which financial time series have a PDF and/or CDF?

Consider the following types of financial time series for a single publicly-listed stock: Price data Log returns Cumulative returns Each is computed from the item listed before it: log returns are ...
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How to simulate asset prices/returns that display market regimes?

Are there any techniques that can make a multivariate random number generating process for stock prices/returns, like geometric Brownian motion via Cholesky, also include the simulation of a finite ...
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How to evaluate prediction(s) made of the asset return mean?

In finance, it is well-known that the expected value of asset returns, $\mu$, otherwise known as the average return or mean or first statistical moment, is difficult to predict. I think it was ...
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Is it easier to estimate the mean of volume/dollar bar returns than time bars?

Financial data, by default, is sampled using constant intervals of time, i.e. we collect the prices of assets every day, and then take the log-differences of prices to compute daily returns. These are ...
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Normality or Log-Normality of Regular Returns

Another old question on this site (How to simulate stock prices with a Geometric Brownian Motion?) inspired me to ask the following question: if we assume that regular returns could be normally ...
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Does annualizing daily returns make them more normally distributed? [duplicate]

Asset returns are usually non-normal because they are skewed and have fat tails. Does annualizing or downsampling daily returns (transforming a sample to a lower frequency, such as daily to monthly) ...
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Does standardizing/normalizing asset returns change their skewness and kurtosis?

Asset returns are obtained by log-differencing prices. Standardizing or normalizing/scaling asset returns can be carried out by de-meaning the returns and dividing them by their standard deviation, ...
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Any portfolio theories not based on asset returns?

For data, the mean-variance model for portfolio optimization uses asset returns to minimize portfolio risk (covariance matrix), which is asset returns volatility, and sometimes simultaneously ...
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Daily to Monthly Performance Attribution - Getting Effects to equal the Excess Return

I am building a performance attribution tool on Python to help us understand the asset allocation, stock selection effects of our fund. We are using daily price data for each component within the ...
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The ratio of upside deviation to downside deviation in portfolio weighting

I've been calling this ratio "acceleration" in my head, so I'll do the same in this post. The question is, is this relationship used anywhere and if so, how? My thought process is as follows. Risk ...
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Time and asset weighted rate of return of a portfolio

If I have a portfolio with 3 initial assets on day 1 (say, stock 1 with beginning market value of \$100, stock 2 \$150 and stock 3 \$175) and after 10 days the stock 2 is sold for \$200, how can I ...
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Performance attribution of indices to their sector weights

Is it possible to attribute performance of indices (monthly returns and risk measures - Sharpe ratio, etc.) to their sector weights (if I know them)? Example: I know the monthly performance of ...
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Replication of the paper: “A Comprehensive Look at the Empirical Performance of Equity Premium Prediction”

I recently replicated the paper "A Comprehensive Look at the Empirical Performance of Equity Premium Prediction" and found out that my estimation of the equity premium differs from the data provided ...
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How to compute return series for a German government bond with a 0% coupon?

Recently, the German government issued a long-dated bond with a 0% coupon. I'm trying to implement a historical VaR model and would like to know the best way to model the historical returns of this ...
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Portfolio & Asset Returns across Multiple Periods

The stocks of CK Tan's, Robertson's, and Tamashimaya are held by the hedge fund SSK. They hold an equally weighted portfolio. The end-of month prices of the stock during five months this year is given ...
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Calculating the fundamental value of house price to separate bubble component from the price

The bubble in asset price is defined as the deviation of the asset value from its fundamentals, empirically Mendoza and Terrones (2008) measure the bubble as the deviation of an asset price from the ...
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Jensen’s Inequality for returns on short positions

this is puzzling me. Say you have an asset A, that on day t+1 returns 1%, and then on day t+2 returns 1% again. If you invest $1 in A on day t (take a long position), then on day t+2 you have earned:...
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Why can we assume that asset return rates are normally (or lognormally) distributed?

In many theories of financial mathematics it is assumed that asset return rates are normally distributed (e.g. VaR models) or lognormally distributed (e.g. Black-Scholes model). In practice, asset ...
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How to compare performance of a German stock

How would you compare the performance of a German stock listed in DAX? I heard many use Euro Stoxx 50. But wouldn’t be the obvious choice to use the DAX? Also, would you use DAX INDEX or DAX FUTURES?
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Distribution of simple returns vs logreturns

I understand that stock prices are conditionally modeled using a log normal distribution by the relationship $ y_t/y_{t−1}∼logN(μ_{daily},σ^2_{daily})$ $y_t∼logN(log(y_{t-1})+μ_{daily},σ^2_{daily}))$ ...
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Fama-Macbeth with Liquidity Sorted Portfolios

I'm currently working on a paper in which I'm trying to see whether the liquidity premium is an observable phenomena when taken into the context of computer games. From my research online I've found ...
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Central limit theorem and normality assumption of asset return distribution

Can central theorem justify normality assumption of assets return distribution? And if it can why the empirical evidence show this assumption, which many finance models are based on, is a far cry from ...
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The possible preferences of investors for higher than first 2 moments of return distribution?

Can anyone explain in an intuitive manner a justification for possible preferences of investors for moments of return distribution beyond the first two moments (i.e. mean and variance). For example, ...
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Is variation in price-dividend ratios that is attributable to excess returns due to variation in returns or variation in risk free rates?

Cochrane and Fama show that "all variation in price-dividend ratios corresponds to changes in expected excess returns -risk premiums- and none corresponds to news about future dividend growth". Is ...
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Definition of log return of an asset [closed]

What is the general usage of the term daily log returns $Y_t$ of an asset? (1) or (2)? $$(1) \text{ } Y_t = log (\frac{p_t}{p_{t-1}})$$ OR $$(2) \text{ } Y_t = log (\frac{p_t-p_{t-1}}{p_{t-1}})$$ for ...
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Why should we care if the “squares of returns are independently distributed over time” to choose an adequate model of the distribution of returns?

In a Time Series Book by Hashem Pesaran, he mentions that there are a number of issues that need to be addressed in order to choose an adequate model for predicting asset returns. I understand the ...
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Cumulative portfolio returns vs. product of cumulative asset returns

I wasn't able to find something that addressed this specifically with the search terms I was using, though I am sure an answer exists here. [Please reference the image below] Columns B & C are ...
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Private Equity: Direct Alpha vs Excess IRR

I'm trying to understand the advantages and disadvantages of using Direct Alpha versus Excess IRR for computing excess returns over a market index for private assets. Wikipedia references a highly ...
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Modeling Long-Term Mean Reversion in Asset Returns

Fortunately, for obvious reasons, few applications require simulating asset returns over horizons in excess of 30 years. Nevertheless, simulations over long horizons are sometimes conducted as part ...
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Modelling fund positioning using fund returns and linear regression

I want to measure the positioning of an active bond mutual fund vs. its benchmark via rolling linear regression of returns vs several factors. The intuition of using linear regression is that the ...
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How did Dimson, Marsh and Staunton (2002) computed the equity index annual real return?

I was trying to read the triumph of the optimist, but it was almost impossible to see a well-written formula to show how the returns have been computed. In a simple sense, I do not know how the annual ...
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Simple simulation model of bond plus cash returns

Is there a robust way to model 'bond plus cash' simulated returns, say in Excel, for an asset allocation problem between stocks vs bond plus cash? For equity, ...
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Significance of return under stable distribution

if I want to use t-test to test significance of my returns, it assumes the random variable is distributed normally. But in my work I work under stable distributed ...
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How to simulate asset returns using student t?

I am currently trying to simulate an asset return using the student-t distribution, but I can't find how I should do this. I began with the Geometric Brownian motion and just changed in order that ...
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Polynomial interpolation of corrected lognormal distribution

Can anyone provide a formula for a polynomial interpolation of the corrected lognormal distribution used to model returns traditionally resulting from the wrong Brownian motion generated model? ...
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Is a position-weighted sum of nominal returns for a single asset a mathematically sound calculation?

A friend of mine insists that that the following is a sound method to calculate the performance of a single holding in a portfolio, given that over time more capital has been allocated to that holding....
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Computing Overall Return for A Single Asset Given Inflows & Outflows

I am creating a portfolio tracking model in Excel and have run into difficulty on how to track the overall performance of a single asset, given that over time more and less capital (shares) has been ...
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Intuition behind Fama-French factors

In the Fama-French 3-factor model the portfolio returns are explained by the market the SMB factor (Small [market capitalization] Minus Big) and the HML factor (High [book-to-market ratio] Minus Low)...
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Back to Basics — Cumulative Returns

I recently came across a chart of Fama-French's (FF) HML factor cumulative performance. I first saw this in an article by AQR's Cliff Asness: http://www.institutionalinvestor.com/Article/3315202/Asset-...