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Why does the Markowitz mean-variance model require the assumption of normality?

Given $N$ assets, the Markowitz mean-variance model requires expected returns, expected variances and a $N \times N$ covariance matrix. The joint distribution is fully defined by these measures. ...
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Does Modern Portfolio Theory align with EMH?

I came to the conclusion that in literature Markowitz' Portfolio Theory is believed to be compliant with the Efficient Market Hypothesis. The weakest form states that the current price fully ...
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Market Portfolio Optimization

Consider the minimization problem $$\min\left\{\frac{1}{2}x^T\Sigma x - \lambda(\mu-r_f)^Tx\right\}$$ and assume the CAPM model, i.e. $$r_i-r_f = \beta_i(r_m-r_f) + \varepsilon_i$$ Assuming $\...
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Sharpe Maximization under Quadratic Constraints

When doing Sharpe optimization $$ \max_x \frac{\mu^T x}{\sqrt{x^T Q x}} $$ there is a common trick (section 5.2) used to put the problem in convex form. You add a variable $\kappa$ such that $x = ...
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Full Kelly portfolios having same weights as tangency portfolios

I'm currently comparing empirically the differences between Markowitz and Kelly portfolios. I calculated the Kelly weights for monthly return observations over 10 years for a sample of 50 stocks from ...
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Are minimum-risk and minimum-variance portfolios equivalent?

When reading a paper by DeMiguel and Nogales (2007; http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=911596), I came across the following formulation: Comparing the proposed minimum-risk ...
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Why did Markowitz not derive an equation for the efficient frontier?

Currently, I´m studying portfolio management and portfolio selection. The founder of the MPT is Harry Markowitz, of course. But reading his famous article from 1952 and his book from 1959 (actually, I ...
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Computing $\gamma$ and $\mu$ at the efficient frontier

Consider the condition which the weights of any portfolio belonging to the efficient frontier satisfy: \begin{equation} \gamma\boldsymbol{wC} = \boldsymbol{m} - \mu\boldsymbol{u}\end{equation} ...
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Matlab Portfolio Optimization with bid ask spread

I'm trying to find the optimal portfolio of options and stock which minimizes the standard deviation of the portfolio returns but also taking into consideration the bid and ask prices of the assets. ...
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Optimal Portfolio from Efficient Frontier

I found this code on plotly site, using CVXOPT to find the efficient frontier, and then, the optimal Portfolio. The optimal function is ...
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Markowitz; risky asset frontier w/o risk free asset

What is the intuition behind the "spanning" result in the following statement? For a fixed pair of distinct frontier portfolios $\phi_p$ and $\phi_q$, any frontier portfolio $\phi$ can be obtained ...
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How to perform portfolio optimization with user-defined expected return and variances using R?

I found some functions for Markowitz mean variance portfolio optimization in R such as portfolio.optim in tseries package. ...
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Markowitz Mean-Variance Implied Returns

What is the closed form solution for the following inverse Markowitz problem? Given a mean-variance optimized fully invested portfolio $X$, a risk aversion parameter $\lambda$ and a var-covar ...
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dynamic Markowitz portfolio

Let's take 4 assets, whose values are known during a period of time of 2 years. Then I calculate the expected returns for each of these 4 assets thanks to these 2 years - historical data. I deduce the ...
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Risk/Return Paradox in Markowitz Optimization?

It is possible that from the efficient frontier obtained varying the "lambda" parameter of the risk-appetite coefficient, in the Mean Variance Parametric Quadratic programming problem, it results that ...
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Finding mean vector and covariance matrix for annual returns given quarterly returns

I am currently trying to calculate a vector for the mean annual returns of 4 different asset classes along with their 4x4 covariance matrix in excel. However, I am having problems since the data I ...
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Definition of sharpe ratio maximising and variance minimising portfolios

In this paper, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2226985, in the derivation of the mean variance efficient portfolio using lagrangians in the appendix, on page 29, the two portfolios ...
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Residual Covariance Matrix, and MVO for Residual Variance and Alpha

My overall goal is to find an efficient frontier using QP in terms of $\alpha$ and residual variance ($\omega^2$) for a portfolio $P$ given a benchmark $B$. We know the equation for residual variance ...
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Derivation of the efficient frontier set (markowitz problem)

I would like to find a Derivation of the efficient frontier set for the markowitz problem:
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Finding Expression for Optimal Markowitz Weights

So there are two assets with return rates $r_1$ and $r_2$ which have identical variances and a correlation coefficient $p$. The risk free rate is $r_f$. I need to find an expression for the optimal ...
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What are the assumptions of portfolio optimisation with higher moments?

I was wondering whether there are a set of assumptions for portfolio optimisation with higher moments (including kurtosis and skewness) as there are for regular mean-variance optimisation?
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Markowitz portfolio optimization and CAL [closed]

Just had some questions regarding the efficient frontier and the CAL. As i understand it the point where the CAL is tangent to the efficient frontier is the optimal mix of risky assets. However I also ...
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Markowitz portfolio risk with PV01 instead of variance

As the PV01 ($= dpdy \times notional$) of a bond is a measure of its risk, as well as its price return variance, could we measure the risk of a bonds portfolio with the Markovitz portfolio variance ...
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Mean-variance maximization

I denote by $W_0$ and $W_1$ the wealth of an investor at $t=0$ and $t=1$, respectively. Let $r_f$ be the risk free rate, $r$ the vector of returns of the risky assets in excess of the risk free rate, ...
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Return $\mu$ and volatility $\sigma$ for tangency portfolio of DOW30 too large?

I am calculating GMV and TAN mu and sigma as well as weights using the straightforward derivations, such as: \begin{equation} \mu_{gmv}=\frac{\mathbf{1}'\boldsymbol{\Sigma}^{-1}\boldsymbol{\mu}}{\...
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Formula for Optimal Portfolio of 2 Assets when No Shorting Allowed?

I am looking for a formula to calculate the weights of two risky assets that produce the optimal portfolio (i.e highest Sharpe ratio). So far I have found the following formula from a website of ...
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short-sale constraint with nonpositive-definite matrix in portfolio optimization

I need help about portfolio optimization in R. I have inverted matrix and I want to use it as an input in portfolio optimization. It was non-positive definite before I have handled it. In portfolio ...
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Optimisation problem with bid-ask spread

I want to optimise a static portfolio with a holding period of 90 days given 10 tradable assets. The assets are quoted in bid and ask prices. I want to minimise the risk measured by standard deviation ...
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Relation between mean and variance of a portfolio in modern portfolio theory:

I hope that this is the right place to ask my question! Let a market with $N\ge1$ risky assets and denote by $(R_i,i=1,\cdots, N)$ their returns and $R$ the vector of these $N$ returns. In addition, ...
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Behaviour of out of sample efficient frontier

I am comparing the efficient frontier of a set of portfolios that are in and out of sample. The first period is from 1991-01-03 until 1992-10-03 and the second one from 1992-10-03 until 1994-03-03. I ...
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Linear Regression vs Mean Variance Optimization

Assume I have n signals, which I would like to linearly weight and combine to form an aggregate signal. Two possible ways of doing this based on historical data are:...
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Backtest Results needed to Model Validate my Modern Portfolio Theory model

this is my 1st post, and I hope someone can help me! I have been searching for a week now without any luck I have built a Portfolio Allocation model based on Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT). I now need ...
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Modern portfolio theory in practice

I am wondering about the Markowitz theory of portfolio construction in practice. Hence, if one wants to know the efficient frontier, what variances can one use. The only method that I can think is the ...
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Formula in Markowitz Optimization Problem (without riskless asset)

(hope this is not too basic, I'm new to this forum) Im struggling to understand the optimization problem (global minimum variance portfolio) formula in Markowitz Theory: $$\arg\ \min\ Var(Return\ x) =...
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Markowitz optimization - can two sets of returns produce the same set of weights?

The portfolio optimization problem I have in mind is a minimum variance optimization with positive weights, formulated as below: I am trying to show that the solution is unique, specifically in the ...
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Solving a system of two equations with non-convex matrix multiplication for MV optimization

Scenario: I am trying to do a variation of the MV optimization for a portfolio. In this instance, I already have a vector of mean returns ($\mu$), a vector of ones, a covariance matrix ($\Sigma$), and ...
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Solving a Markowitz problem with restrictions (lower and upper bound) to the weights vector

I would like to find a step by step solutionfor the following Markowitx problem. It is a standard markowitz problem. The unique detail (wich is why I am posting this question here) is that there is a ...
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Understanding portfolio weights and purchasing stock in modern portfolio theory

Recently I've been learning about the markowitz algorithm. It's pretty interesting, but I'm curious how we apply this in practice. Lets say I have some optimal portfolio: $R_p = x_aR_a + x_bR_b$ ...
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What is the smart way to reallocate money?

We are running a portfolio of fund managers in our fund. When one of the managers hits the max DD constraint we pull money from this manager. This may happen in the middle of the allocation period and ...
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Estimated betas and optimal portfolio

I ran a regression on 20 assets to estimate their beta with different methods. I would like to see the differences of these estimation differences in terms of mean-variance optimal portfolio. How can ...
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Relationship between CML and SML

I am referring to the book Sharpe et al. (1998), Investments, 6th Edition. I am trying to wrap my head around some lines from the book, pertaining to Security Market Line. It reads: Earlier it was ...
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Risk contribution of part of a portfolio

Is it quantitatively sound to say that if I have assets $x, y,$ and $z$ in a portfolio, and that the total variance of the portfolio is defined as $\sigma_p ^2 = w_x^2\sigma_x^2 + w_y^2\sigma_y^2 +...
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fPortfolio specify our constraints for efficientPortfolio [closed]

I am working on the library fPortfolio in R and I have a question. How can we fix for a portfolio the sum of weights equal to 1 ? When I study the code, I see that we cannot choose which constraints ...
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Markowitz models with uncertain returns

I am analyzing the Markowitz models with uncertain returns as follows: after calculating the expected returns and the covariances of 30 monthly historical series of 30 stocks, I resolve the Markowitz ...
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Mean-cVaR model: How can one include transaction cost

$$ \min \delta CVaR - (1-\delta) \sum_i^{n} \mu_i x_i \\ \sum x_i = \sum x^{old}_i \\ Losses(s) = \sum x_i - \sum_i^{n} (R(s,i))x_i \\ VaRDev(s) = Losses(s) - VaR \\ CVaR = VaR + \frac{\sum_s^{} ...
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Markowitz expected return time

This is perhaps a rather silly question for the more experienced people in the community but it has been puzzling my mind for a while. Let's say we have a portfolio of 10.000 dollar. We will apply ...
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Markowitz w/ riskless asset & CAPM

If risk free rate ($R_0$) is bigger than expected return on minimum variance portfolio ($\bar{\mu}$), so $R_0>\bar{\mu}$. I.e. the tanget portfolio is on the risky inefficient portfolio frontier ...
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What price data should I used when making minimum mean variance portfolio, optimal risky portfolio and efficient frontier using Markowitz? [closed]

I need to make optimal risky portfolio, minimum variance portfolio and efficient frontier using Markowitz . But i don't know whether to used close price data or adjusted data. If i'm using adjusted ...
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Solution for Markowitz problem with Safety-First Ratio

What is the solution for the following markowitz unconstrained problem? The sum of the entries of the weights vector $w$ should always be requied to sum one? Or if we use the risk-free asset it can be ...
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Periodicity justification in Markowitz optimization

Monthly returns seems to be the industry standard for everything. Markowitz used monthly returns in his original paper on mean-variance optimization, the efficient frontier, etc. Did he ever provide ...