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### Taking a set of normally distributed random variables as the sample space to fitting an exponential distribution

Disclaimer, this is my first question/interaction in this forum. Let's assume I have random variables that are normally distributed. Then, say I take the observations that are greater than the mean, i....
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### Creating a set of histories that satisfies certain statistics

I'm looking at a download of BlackRock's capital market assumptions, which gives a bunch of statistics, such as expected and quartiles for asset classes' returns for different timeframes, volatilities ...
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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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### Reconciling Two Claims About Volatility Under Fat Tails

I have read the Wikipedia article on volatility, and Nassim N. Taleb's Incerto, and found two statements attributed to Mandelbrot's views, which appear to be in contradiction. Taleb (who was mentored ...
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### non gaussian distributions with higher moments and time scaling properties?

If we assume a portfolio comprised of n asset classes, whose log returns can be modeled with a distribution. I am interested in finding a distribution that: incorporates higher moments (skewness and ...
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### Probability Distribution at each Simulation Period using Geometric Brownian Motion

I am using the equation $S_t = S_0e^{(\mu-\frac{\sigma^2}{2})t+\sigma\epsilon\sqrt{t}}$ to simulate a financial metric at each $t$, where $t=1$ and $T=5$. Stated in plain English, I am trying to ...
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### How can I find the distribution function of the following random variables?

Suppose that the random variables $Z_i$ are defined as follows: \begin{equation} Z_i = D(0, t_i)(R_{i-1} +c)\Delta N, \end{equation} where $D(0, t_i)= \exp\{-\int_{0}^{t_i} r_u du\}$ for which $r_u$ ...
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### Taleb's Black-Swan: interpretation of the exponent

I am reading Taleb's "Black Swan" (revised 2020th edition). In chapter 16 "The Aesthetics of Randomness" he describes the meaning of the exponent in the context of extrapolation. ...
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### Large deviations theory in finance

In probability theory, the theory of large deviations concerns the asymptotic behavior of remote tails of sequences of probability distributions. A related post says: Large deviations theory is ...
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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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### 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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### Is volatility for the next day forecastable? To any extent?

In a more general way: is there 1) a methodological approach to quantify the correctness of a model that produces a probability distribution for the, say, S&P 500 index return for the next ...
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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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### 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 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...