# Questions tagged [mean-variance]

Mean-variance is the starting point of most portfolio optimisation techniques.

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### Do the minimum VaR and minimum ES portfolios lie on the mean-variance efficient frontier?

The mean-variance efficient frontier holds the minimum variance portfolio, but in the graph above it shows that the minimum VaR (Value-at-Risk) and minimum ES (CVaR) portfolios (expected shortfall/...
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### Maximum return portfolio using linear programming with quadratic constraints

In the maximum return portfolio problem formulation above, is $A=\mu^\top \Sigma^{-1} \mu$? What is $b$ equal to, and is the second constraint required? An inequality constraint for target portfolio ...
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### Symbol for the feasible set of portfolios in mean-variance analysis?

When we optimize some mean-variance efficient portfolio, it lies on the efficient frontier (blue line) which is considered superior to the feasible set of portfolios. The feasible set (red dots), on ...
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### Is quadratic programming used to maximize portfolio skewness and kurtosis?

Quadratic programming, a type of convex optimization, is used to solve the minimum variance portfolio weights $$w = \arg \min_w \sigma_P^2 = w^\top \Sigma w$$ because the objective function coincides ...
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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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### Should portfolios have zero or negative correlation between assets? [closed]

Is it more optimal to have a portfolio whose assets are negatively correlated? (I am not requiring all assets to be negatively correlated in this case, nor (-1) perfectly negative correlation either. ...
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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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### Contribution of an asset's variance, skewness and kurtosis to its portfolio weight?

The mean-variance model is known to assign higher weights to assets with high expected returns and low volatility, meaning that there is a direct link between the asset's weight within the portfolio ...
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### Mean-EVaR efficient frontier

Entropic Value-at-Risk (EVaR) is an alternative and more efficient risk measure than conditional Value-at-Risk (CVaR). EVaR serves as an upper bound to both VaR and CVaR. Below is a graph of the mean-...
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### Cover's universal portfolio vs. Markowitz's mean-variance model

Cover's universal portfolio maximizes the wealth growth rate Markowitz's mean-variance model minimizes portfolio variance Both allocate assets based on historical returns. How do these two models ...
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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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### Isn't portfolio optimization basically just feature selection?

Statistical learning has a large assortment of tools for conducting feature selection such as PCA analysis, ridge regression, LASSO, SVM and almost every other machine learning algorithm. In portfolio ...
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### Why does portfolio optimization require a positive-definite covariance matrix?

Why does the portfolio optimization mean-variance model require the covariance matrix to be positive-definite? Does this requirement have to do with the need to be able to invert the matrix during ...
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### Is non-linear correlation an issue in portfolio optimization?

Portfolio weights are linear combinations of assets. How can it be true then for there to be, and how can someone prove that there is any, non-linear correlation issues in portfolio optimization? Is ...
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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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### James-Stein estimator for superior estimates of returns in m.v. portfolio optimization

I am currently learning about statistical techniques to enhance the estimation of input parameters in a m.v. optimization. Specifically I have some doubts about the James-Stein estimator applied as an ...
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### Selecting the best characteristic portfolio per rebalance date

An investor typically decides a portfolio objective and sticks with that objective for every rebalance date in the portfolio's life. Common characteristic portfolios that the investor chooses are: ...
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### Ledoit/Wolf covariance shrinkage in risk-parity optimisation

This is more of a theoretical question. I have been working on some mean-variance / Black-Litterman models and played around with Ledoit/Wolf's covariance shrinkage method (sklearn function in Python)....
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### Do normal returns make the mean-variance portfolio model perform properly?

The Markowitz mean-variance model is known to suffer from estimation error due to financial returns not meeting the assumptions of a normal distribution, providing portfolio weights that underperform ...
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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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### How do i find the covariance between two portfolios?

I know that the formula for covariance is But this is for two securities. How do I find the covariance between two portfolios? more specifically between the global minimum variance (GMV) and the mean-...
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### Any portfolio models not based on asset return moments?

The mean-variance model for portfolio optimization minimizes portfolio risk (covariance matrix), which is the second statistical moment of multivariate asset returns, and sometimes simultaneously ...
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### Is this methodology for finding the minimum variance portfolio with no short-selling sound?

I have below here an excerpt from a book on (among other things) mean-variance analysis showing how to find the minimum variance portfolio (Risk and Portfolio Analysis: Principles and Methods, by Hult,...
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### Mean variance portfolio - alternative formulations

From this lecture on YouTube the lecturer states that there are three ways to form the mean variance portfolio (minimize variance for a given return, maximize return for a given variance, maximize a "...
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### Mean-Variance optimization with no short selling

I am wondering how I can find the vector of Lagrange multipliers $\mu$ for the non-negativity constraint of the following problem: $$L(w,\lambda, \mu) = w^{T}\Sigma w - \lambda(w -1) + \mu w$$ So ...
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### How good is the inverse-volatility portfolio?

Heuristic portfolio construction techniques include the equally-weighted portfolio (1/N) and the inverse volatility portfolio (IVP), which is based on the low-volatility effect. They can be assembled ...
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### Can a capital market line have a negative slope?

I am struggling to interpret my mean-variance / efficient frontier / capital market line results. I have no issues calculating the efficient frontier. However, I do increase the risk-free rate from ...
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### How to stress test a correlation matrix

As part of a mean variance portfolio task, I am calculating portfolio risk and optimal allocations between assets given required level of return. Input: expected returns, volatility and correlation ...
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### What if all the weights are negative in mean-variance optimization during a crisis?

Usually the constraint is that all weights sum up to 1. But in a crisis when all assets are falling in prices, intuitively, all the weights should be negative in the optimization. But it contradicts ...
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### Fixes of quadratic utility when probability of decreasing utility is large

In finance and specifically portfolio theory, a popular utility function is quadratic utility $$u(x)=x-\frac{\lambda}{2}(x-\mu_X)^2$$ where $x$ is wealth and $\lambda$ is the parameter of risk ...
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### Mean Semivariance Optimization VS PMPT

Mean Semivariance optimization defines semivariance, variance only below the benchmark/required rate of return, as: $(1/T).\sum_{t=1}^{T} [Min(R_{it}-B,0)]^2$ where $B$ is the benchmark rate, $R_{i}$...
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### Surface plots of the mean-variance efficient frontier

3d surface plots contain an X, Y and Z axis. For the mean-variance efficient frontier: X axis is portfolio volatility ($\sigma_p$) Y axis is portfolio expected return ($\mu_p$) any ideas for what ...
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### What does the concept "standard Markowitz approach" include?

Does "standard Markowitz approach" include only mean-variance approach or does it also include other approach such as minimum-variance approach?
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### Is a more robust Covariance estimation possible?

I'm working on a mean-variance optimization problem, but instead of financial securities I'm choosing a 'portfolio' of N athletes. It is a 1-period optimization problem over one generic statistic ...
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### ARMA moments proof

Consider a standard ARMA(1,1) process such as $$x_t - \beta x_{t-1} = \theta u_{t-1} + u_t$$ where $u_t$ is i.i.d. $u_t \sim N(0,\sigma^2)$. I know how to derive mean and variance with stationary ...
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### Prove that the portfolio that maximizes utility lies on the efficient frontier

When maximizing mean-variance utility in a portfolio optimization framework $max \{R - \lambda \sigma ^2\}$ where R is portfolio return, $\lambda$ is a risk aversion parameter, and $\sigma^2$ is ...
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### Stochastic discount factor for factor research

Often, after presenting a new factor technique, the paper calculates an SDF by doing $\Sigma ^{-1}\mu_F$ i.e. mean variance optimization on the factors. What is the significance of doing this ?
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### Can variance change over time?

I'm working on a toy project that involves fantasy basketball, I know this is the quantitative finance stackexchange, but it seemed like the best place to ask this question. My goal is to make ...
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### Quasi Random Monte Carlo in m.v. portfolio optimization

Not specifying a correlation matrix for the Monte Carlo Simulation's random returns is equivalent to assuming no correlation or a correlation coefficient of zero, which will seriously and adversely ...
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### Mean Variance Optimization vs Risk Scaling

What would be the difference between the following. Both techniques will result is an ex-ante risk of $\sigma$. However, that would be achieved via two different values of h. I want to understand ...
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### Sign retention in mean variance optimization

The mean variance optimization to the objective: $h^T\alpha - \lambda h^T V h$ results in the solution: $h = \frac{V^{-1} \alpha}{2 \lambda}$ Would a positive value for an asset in $\alpha$ result ...
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### Monte Carlo (resampling) in m.v. portfolio optimization

The instability and high sensitivity of optimisation results can be augmented by adding another layer of quantitative methodology in the form of Monte Carlo Simulation. The name Monte Carlo alludes to ...
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### Tangency portfolio with two additional constraints so that portfolio weights are unconstrained

I know that the formula for determining the weights of the Tangency portfolio is given as $w_{tan}$ = $\frac{\Sigma \mu}{\iota^{\prime}\Sigma\mu }$, but I was wondering how to derive the weights in ...
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