# Questions tagged [modern-portfolio-theory]

A theoretical framework for analyzing investment portfolios based on their expected return and risk.

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### Mean Variance Investment problem

I attach a part of a paper explaining how the weights of a market portfolio are derived. I do not understand how equation 5 has been derived and, in particular, where the zero beta portfolio's return ...
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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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### How do I maximize my expected utility of wealth?

Suppose I have a utility function say $U(p)=p^{1/2}$ and I bet on a basketball game. I have my initial investment, payouts and probabilities of winning, how can I determine the maximum I need to bet ...
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### Why the weight vector of 'global minimum variance' the 'eigenvector' with the minimum eigenvalue?

Question Why is it the case that the weight vector of the global minimum variance portfolio the eigenvector of the covariance matrix with the smallest eigenvalue? Question with more details I ...
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### Time varying weights in a portfolio

As I have seen in my portfolio theory class, we define the weights of some assets and quantify the risk and return of the whole portfolio. In this setup, the weights do not change in time. What if the ...
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### CAPM - market portfolio vs real portfolio

I'm trying to understand the relation (if there is any) between the market portfolio, as described by the CAPM theory, and a real portfolio (just like the one I plotted in the image below). More ...
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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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### Benefit of better predicting the variance of portfolio daily returns while optimizing a portfolio?

Question Is there a benefit of having lower gap between 'in-sample' variance of portfolio daily returns and 'out-of-sample' variance of portfolio daily returns? (= better estimates the out-of-sample ...
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### Efficient frontier using Post Modern Portfolio theory

I have been trying to find a way to create the efficient frontier using Post Modern Portfolio Theory (PMPT), but have failed to come across a source that mentions how to do so. I know PMPT uses ...
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### Pca for Portfolio Theory

given the fact that if you take the portfolio returns for different assets in a portfolio the first principle component represents the market exposure of the portfolio and the second principle ...
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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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### Portfolio Optimization and Global Minimum Variance Portfolio (GMV)

I have few questions about classic mean-variance-optimization in general. I have a series daily returns of 15 assets and I want to combine these assets in a portfolio. 1) Do you think that 1 year of ...
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### Economic term for “limited trade space”? Slots in car sales hall, oil bunker volume, warehouse size

Newbie here. Took the tour, and "financial engineering" was listed as viable questions, so I give this a shot despite being very basic. Please redirect me if there is a more suitable SE site for it. ...
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### Unit exposures to Country,Industry and World factors in Fundamental Factor Risk Models

I may have what can be called a rudimentary question about Fundamental Factor models for Risk (ala Barra). Why is the exposure to World,Countries,Industries set to 1 instead of a real number. The ...