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Do portfolio mean and portfolio variance have probability distributions?

If $X$ is a $T\times N$ matrix of multivariate asset returns, and $w$ is some optimal portfolio weight vector, then the portfolio return series is $r_p = X w \in\mathbb{R}^{T}$. This return series ...
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Is asset return skewness hard to estimate?

The asset mean is known to be difficult to estimate, incurring more estimation error than estimates of asset return variance. How about asset return skewness, is it hard to estimate and how can that ...
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Link between cumulants and kurtosis

Hey in "Financial modelling with Jump processes" by Cont and Tankov is written that kurtosis of distribution of random variable $X$ is equal to $\frac{c_4(X)}{c_2(X)^2}$ where $c_n$ denotes $...
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Portfolio return distribution as a mixture distribution

For a returns data set with $K$ stocks that are each normally distributed, can I represent the portfolio return distribution to be a weighted sum of the $K$ asset distributions, aka a mixture ...
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law of absolute of max of brownian motion

What is the law of $\max\left(|B_t|\right)$ for $t$ in $[0,T]$ and $B_t$ is a Brownian motion? Any references for properties of this process?
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Does Value-at-Risk have any mathematical equivalence to copulas?

Portfolio Value-at-Risk estimated using the copula approach often just means generating artificial data sampled from a parametric copula('s joint multivariate distribution) as a model fit over the ...
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What is the distribution of the risk-free asset?

If the risk-free asset has a volatility of $0$, therefore making its mean equal to the risk-free rate, $r_f$, does this mean that it has no probability distribution, and therefore there is no reason ...
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How to rank and normalize multivariate returns uniformly in Python?

If I have a $T\times 3$ asset returns matrix containing 3 stocks' return series in the columns as a numpy array or pandas ...
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How important is the chronological ordering of historical returns?

The returns of asset $A$ in chronological order are 0.03 0.01 -0.04 0.02 0.05 -0.10 0.02 The expected return, or sample mean, is $-0.00143$ while its sample ...
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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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Monte Carlo approach and methods for generating random returns

Recently I found myself reading more about Monte Carlo approach in m.v. portfolio optimization framework. I already discuss the topic on this forum (if interested please consider the following links - ...
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Minimizing variance vs. expected shortfall: distributions where the difference is salient

In portfolio theory in finance, given a set of $n$ assets to choose from, one often selects portfolio weights so as to maximize expected return and minimize some measure of risk, e.g. variance or ...
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Why do only portfolios of indices show elliptical dependence?

Elliptical distributions imply an asymmetric relationship between variables such as financial returns of different assets. I'm guessing this is mainly due to skewness, although I might be wrong and ...
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Are mean-variance efficient portfolio weights random variables with probability distributions?

The mean-variance model outputs a portfolio weight vector whose elements are individual asset weights that sum to 1. Regardless of which portfolio along the efficient frontier is being solved, the ...
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Is it always better to use the entire distribution of a financial dataset, not just mu and sigma?

In finance models that use historical returns for inputs, including option pricing models, forecasting and portfolio optimization, only the statistical moments of the returns distribution, $\mu$ and $\...
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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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Density of a portfolio's returns is the weighted average of asset distributions?

The expected return of a portfolio can be formulated as a weighted average of the constituent assets' returns: $$r_p = w_1 r_1 + w_2 r_2 + \dots + w_N r_N + \epsilon$$ Does it also follow that the ...
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Why do cumulative returns have a bimodal distribution?

Regular returns (log-differenced prices) have statistical distributions that are bell-shaped and unimodal (one mode/peak) despite being non-normal and fat-tailed. Cumulative returns, on the other hand,...
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Option implied distributions

I am having a bit of trouble understanding how to obtain the option implied distributions. I have strike levels, deltas and implied vols for a call option that expires in 6 months. Roughly 40 data ...
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How to annualize skewness and kurtosis of a forecasted distribution

I have a (non-normal) distribution of expected cumulative returns 10 quarters in the future, from which I have calculated mean, standard deviation, skewness and kurtosis. I would like to annualize ...
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Kurtosis of a straddle

I want to determine the kurtosis of a straddle. My question is closely related with the following topic here. According to the following paper of Ben-Meir and Schiff (2012) the expected value of a ...
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Change of measure

I am looking at the derivation of the Hill estimator. It is $ \bar{F}(x) = 1 - F(x)$ the right tail of the distribution. In the derivation they use the equation $$ \frac{1}{\bar{F}(u)}\int\limits_u^\...
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Why worry about fat tails, if you can use stoploss?

Sorry this might sound a silly question, but -humbly- I don't understand why models assume that returns range from [-∞,+∞] instead of [-stoplimit, +takeprofit]. A common objection to most models is "...
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Full Copula View using Meucci's Full Flexible View

I'm currently setting up an "Investment Framework" that should allow the following steps: Investment Committee (IC) has to decide on probabilities for 4 different market states. I have historical ...
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What does 'near term order flow to be distributed across short term options' mean?

Please see the red phrase below. Guide to Option Pinning at Options Expiration | Investing With Options What Have Weekly Options Done To Pinning? That's a great question for a graduate student ...
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Degree of freedom input for Monte Carlo simulation of asset returns with multivariate t distribution

How do I calculate or estimate the degrees of freedom in order to perform a Monte Carlo simulation of asset returns with multivariate t distribution using R functions? I am able to calculate the mean ...
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Value at Risk (VaR): Normal distribution with gamma distributed volatility

If I was to do a 99% VaR calculation on a portfolio with normally distributed returns $\mathcal{N} (\mu,\sigma)$, the 99% VaR would be $\mu - 2.33\sigma$. Instead of having a constant volatility, let'...
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Specify user-defined distribution for multivariate distribution in copula R package

For the copula R package, the function Mvdc allows the margins to be user-defined. ...
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Sampling from an empirical distribution

I want to sample from the empirical distribution of returns. To do so, I do not want to make the preliminary assumption of which distribution the returns follow, rather I would like to sample from the ...
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Skewness and kurtosis measures when full distribution is not available

I have asked this question here, but did not get any answer. I was wondering if anybody knows a method of deriving skewness and kurtosis measures from different quantiles, mean, and/or variance. I do ...
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Two Probability Questions from Quantitative Finance Interview Book

I posted the two questions in math stack exchange one month ago but cannot get an answer, so I post it here and appreciate your advice:) I'm reading an interview book called A Practical Guide to ...
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How would a FX price probability distibution function look?

I would like to see how the currency price levels are distributed in a probability function. But I don't even know if there is such a thing or if perhaps its just common knowledge and readily ...
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Market vs. Credit Loss distributions: differences

If we define the Loss distribution of a portfolio as $$L_{t+h}=-(V_{t+h}-V_{t})$$ where $V_{t}$ is the value of the portfolio at time $t$ and $h$ is the time horizon, which are the (graphical) ...
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Example how to model stock price with Pareto distribution according to Mandelbrot and Taleb

There's a paper by B. Mandelbrot and N. Taleb Mild vs Wild Randomness that says that Pareto distributions is a better fit for modelling price changes. ...
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Symmetric Power law or Pareto distribution

Also known as Pareto-distribution ...
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Produce the random variable for an asset from a uniformly distributed random varible

I'm working on a quant interview question from the book called Quant Job Interview Questions And Answers (by Mark Joshi and other authors). I cannot understand the following question(not the answer, ...
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relationship between option vol and option payoff

Has anyone thought of the relationship between the option vol and distribution of option payoff? for example, I have 1000 paths of simulated underlying prices, keeping all inputs the same but only ...
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What stochastic process produces Student's t-distributed returns?

If I think daily log returns have a normal distribution, I can simulate intraday log returns as normal, because the sum of normal variates is also normally distributed. What if I want to simulate ...
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Pricing call option on bond under CIR model by simulating noncentral chi square distribution

In the original paper of CIR model, there is a pricing formula about call option on bond $$ \begin{array}{l}{C(r, t, T ; s, K)} \\ {=P(r, t, s) \chi^{2}\left(2 r^{*}[\phi+\psi+B(T, s)] ; \frac{4 \...
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A quick and dirty loss distribution and Credit VaR

I need to create a loss distribution for a credit portfolio as the first steps to estimate the portfolio Credit VaR. I have historical monthly account snapshots (payment history) of all accounts ...
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Calculate the implied loss rate on a loan, given the interest charged

My bank has a retail credit portfolio of 100 million in loans. I know the payment history,balance history of all these loans since inception. Are there any tools to calculate an expected loss, a loss ...
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Why Jarque - Bera values are so high? Is this normal? [closed]

Please advise whether the following is a normal occurrence: In the above table I have Autocorrelation at lag1, LB, Skew, Kurt and JB test. I have noticed that whenever the value of Kurt increases, ...
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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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Compare two distributions for forecasting returns

Let's imagine that we have two separate models, both used to forecast the return for the next period. Both models are estimated everyday, and both models outputs a probability distribution. How can we ...
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Convolution of generalized hyperbolic distribution

I have a question concerning the convolution of generalized hyperbolic distributions. Proposition 6.13 of McNeil, Embrechts, Frey states the following: If $X$ has a $d$-dimensional generalized ...
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Alternative Method for Determining Option-Implied pdf

As I am refining a pricing model to incorporate skew, and not just ATM volatilities, I need to create random realizations of the underlying consistent with the skew-implied pdf. When searching, one ...
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Sample distribution of cross-sectional statistics of returns

Currently doing an application of VaR on sample of industry portfolios in the US. I have a matrix of $n$ industry portfolios with $m$ time-series observations. I calculate cross-sectionally (for each ...
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How to price a barrier using monte carlo when return distribution is not iid?

this question is actually related to set the stop loss and stop return. Say after a liquidity shock, I want to place two stops, one being stop loss and another being stop return. If I use, say 10 ...
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Computing Montecarlo VaR for a single asset

I'm trying to understand the procedure to compute the Value-at-Risk for a single asset by implementing the Montecarlo technique. Here it follows the procedure step-by-step in 5 points: selecting the ...
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Arbitrage free smoothing of volatility smile - cubic spline - implementation procedure

I am studying the paper Arbitrage-Free Smoothing of the Implied Volatility Surface, from Matthias R. Fengler (https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/6978470.pdf). The problem I want to solve is much simpler ...