# Questions tagged [covariance]

A measure of the degree of linear association between a pair of random variables.

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### Ranking assets by covariance vs correlation

After every change in portfolio (i.e. every trade), I need to calculate a price for each asset in my portfolio. But the calculator is slow. So I want to order the sequence of price updates, from the ...
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### Interpretation and units of a covariance element in portfolio risk

Given portfolio risk is $\mathbf{w}\boldsymbol{\Sigma}\mathbf{w}$ where $\boldsymbol{\Sigma}$ is the covariance matrix whose diagonal elements $\sigma^2_{n}$ are individual asset return variances and ...
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### Why is portfolio optimization a convex problem if variance is concave?

Variance is concave, so portfolio risk must be too. The mean-variance model employs quadratic programming to optimize (minimize) portfolio risk. My understanding is that quadratic programming requires ...
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### Covariance of Individual Return and Portfolio Return

Hi guys, Is it possible to get the covariance between the individual return and portfolio return given the correlation matrix, volatility matrix, weights matrix and return matrix? I know how to get ...
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### Meaning of an identity matrix for the covariance in portfolio optimization

Instead of using a sample covariance matrix for portfolio optimization, Ledoit and Wolf use an estimator that is the weighted average of the sample covariance matrix and the identity matrix, $I$. This ...
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### What do large weights above 1 in a portfolio represent?

If I have a portfolio consisting of weights -12,11,3,-2,5,-5, I know that negative weights correspond to shorting but what do these large weights represent? I thought the weights are the proportion of ...
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### Can I build an efficient frontier using matrix algebra?

If i have a vector of expected returns $A$, a covariance matrix $C$ and a vector of the corresponding weights $W$ for each investment, is it possible to generate the efficient frontier with vector ...
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### Simulating covariance matrices with nonzero correlation

How would you simulate a covariance matrix of 1,000 stocks where each pair has nonzero correlation? I have literally no idea how to start with this. Any suggestions?
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### Variance-Covariance Matrix under $\mathbb{P}$ and $\mathbb{Q}$

I'd like to understand why $\Sigma$ is the same under both measures $\mathbb{P}$ and $\mathbb{Q}$. Is it an assumption or a general fact based on theoretical concepts?
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### Co-variance of Portfolio A with Portfolio B

I'm trying to calculate the correlation between two separate portfolios. I've used A*COV(AB)*B to calculate the co-variance of each portfolio where: A = Array ...
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### Is Ledoit-Wolf Shrinkage with a Constant Correlation Prior Reasonable for a Stock/Bond Mix?

I've been looking into Ledoit-Wolf shrinkage but I've found the papers concentrate on large numbers of assets that tend to all be highly correlated. Often a universe of large cap stocks. I'm ...
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### Covariance and Beta: can anyone explain this calculation?

Let us consider a simple equity portfolio that has exposures to only two factors: 0.5 exposure to value and 0.8 exposure to momentum. Let us assume that the volatilities of the two factors are 3% for ...
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### Filtering smallest eigenvalues

In Risk Budgeting and Diversification Based on Optimized Uncorrelated Factors [1], which introduces minimum torsion bets, Meucci gives an example involving the computation of covariance matrices on ...
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### Negative variance?

Using the formula w*Cov*t(w) I can generate a negative portfolio variance. What are the implications of a negative variance? Should I just assume it's zero? A negative variance is troublesome ...
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### Variance covariance matrix - number of periods required

Hi I am reviewing the example of Barra risk model in the following document page 23 there is the statement: "Estimating a covariance matrix for, say, 3,000 stocks requires data for at least 3,...
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### CAPM model as a regression

The CAPM model states that the returns of a stock are- $r_s=r_f+\beta (r_m-r_f)+\varepsilon_s$ The $\beta$ defined above is then calculated as $\frac{cov(r_s,r_m)}{var(r_m)}$. My question is ...
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### Finding a minimum variance portfolio when using a regulariser?

I am aware that the minimum variance portfolio of a market with $n$ securities can be shown to be: w^* = (1^T_n\Sigma^{-1}1_n)^{-1}\Sigma^{-1}1_n, \\ s.t. \ \ 1^T_nw = 1 \end{...
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### Factor Models: uncorrelated errors don't impact covariances of assets

This question stems from time series factor models (e.g., CAPM, Fama-French, etc.), but is a broader idea. I am trying to comprehend how adding noise to a time series (e.g., error/residual from a ...
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### Parametric VaR of a portfolio of a stock and an option on that stock

I understand how to calculate the parametric VaR of a stock and an option separately. But I don't understand how one can calculate the VaR of a portfolio of a stock and an option on that stock using ...
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### Interest rate risk using copulas

In order to simulate an interest rate yield curve, can I just estimate a covariance matrix of historical key rate data, simulate with a normal copula, spline my simulated key rates, then price my ...
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### Correlation of asset X with a portfolio of asset Y and Z [closed]

I have three assets and a covariance matrix. How do I calculate the correlation of asset X with a portfolio that includes assets Y and Z? For example, assume I want to calculate the correlation of ...
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### How can I use a more efficient volatility estimator to improve the co-variance matrix?

Using mean-variance, I need to estimate a co-variance matrix $\Sigma$ to obtain the best weights in my portfolio. However, there are other ways to compute the volatility $\sigma$ than historical ...
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### Explanations regarding Minimum Variance Portfolio

I am sorry in advance if this question seems a bit stupid but during my class my lecturer said that: "The traditional estimator of the variance-covariance matrix is the sample covariance. However ...
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### Deriving Cox, Ingersoll and Ross expression for the relationship between forwards and futures, how do they conclude a specific step?

I'm trying to derive a specific relationship about the relationship between forwards and futures from "The relationship between forward and futures prices", written 1981 by Cox, Ingersoll and Ross (...