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

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Is it possible to create an instrument on the amount of beds sold within the real-estate market

I have been doing some research on the PBSA (purpose-built student accommodation) market around the globe. The market is growing year on year there is an index on this market the cbre. What ...
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Convert Geometric Direct Alpha PME to Arithmetic Excess IRR (PME Alpha / Implied Private Premium)

As a followup to this old question, Private Equity: Direct Alpha vs Excess IRR, I have a new one. In automating PME calculations, the Direct Alpha (DA) approach is computationally simpler and ...
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Show that the variance of the portfolio market portfolio is function of the betas of its consituents [closed]

Let us assume that the market portfolio consists of n assets. Given that the return of the market portfolio can be written as $r_m = \sum_{j=1}^{n} w_jr_j$, we have that $\sigma^2_m = E(\sum_{j=1}^{n} ...
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Show that the variance of the market portfolio is the weighted average of the covariance of its constituents with the market portfolio itself [on hold]

Let us assume that the market portfolio consists of n assets. Given that the return of the market portfolio can be written as $r_m = \sum_{j=1}^{n} w_jr_j$, we have that $\sigma^2_m = E(\sum_{j=1}^{n} ...
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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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What is the purest way to get exposure to Jump risk premia, is there a jump swap

So to get exposure to Variance risk premia one could use variance swaps, is there a equivalent security for jumps. Hedging against jump but not diffusion risk could allow one to take targeted exposure ...
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Most significant research articles for practical investors with research perspectives

I am an applied mathematician and recently I have decided to study the portfolio management theory. As a final objective, I want to manage my own portfolio and to try make some money on it using my ...
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Black Litterman: Is it possible to have multiple views (from different sources) on the same asset?

From the basics of Black Litterman I understand that each view on a stock is implemented via the pick matrix P with the expected value of the views in Q. I have read several papers where each stock ...
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Which performance evaluation measure to assess “Connectedness Matrix” based porfolios?

1. Question Which performance evaluation measure would be best to assess the portfolios built on 'connectedness matrix'? The connectedness matrix is the concept introduced in the academic paper "...
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How to find the tangency portfolio using quadprog in R with different risk free rates

I am trying to find the optimal tangency portfolio for the efficient frontier (calculated using qp.solver in quadprog) but subject to different risk-free rates. Demos for quadprog in R show that to ...
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Reference Request: Horse Race for Portfolio Allocation

Probably the most popular horse race study for portfolio strategies is Optimal versus Naive Diversification: How Inefficient Is the 1/N Portfolio Strategy?, with DeMiguel, L. Garlappi and R. Uppal. ...
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Some definitions in the BARRA Predicted Beta model

I'm studying the BARRA Predicted Beta model, and the common factor covariance between portfolio $p$ and the return on the market $m$ is defined as the product of the transposed vector of the factor ...
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Calculate asset allocation given “long and short” optimized portfolio weights

If the amount of capital that has to be allocated for each asset given the "long only" optimized portfolio weights is: ...
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Value-at-Risk for a portfolio model with Gearing

My models: Say I want to construct a portfolio so I maximize my expected return while keeping my risk (measured by Value-at-Risk) lower than my risk target. $$\max \sum x_i \mu_i \\ VaR_{0.05} \leq \...
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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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Another variation of the 'Sharpe ratio' in CVaR-based portfolio optimization?

Question What is the ratio S(p) shown below? Do we have a name for it like 'Sharpe ratio'? The ratio above is introduced in the academic paper Optimal portfolio selection in a Value-at-Risk framework ...
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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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Do linear combinations of two efficient portfolios cover the entire efficient frontier?

Note : We are considering the case of N risky assets. I think the answer is 'Yes', although I am not sure as I am unable to prove it. The reasons for me thinking that the answer is 'Yes' are - 1) ...
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How modern portfolio theory(MPT) and CAPM are related?

1. Question In what sense Capital Asset Pricing Model(CAPM) is related with Modern Portfolio Theory(MPT)? Why do we need to check whether the current price of assets is overvalued or undervalued ...
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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 optimization on hourly data with gaps

I'm building a mean variance optimizer for a portfolio of FX, commodity and bond futures. The input data is hourly returns for each underlying. Given each underlying has different market opening hours,...
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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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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 ...
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Origin of the term Modern Portfolio Theory

In his times, Markowitz did not claim his ideas were "modern". Not even the expression "Portfolio Theory" is ever used in his seminal paper and subsequent book, while he speaks instead of "Theory of ...
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Compute tangency portfolio with asset allocation constraints

I am looking to compute the tangency portfolio of the efficient frontier, but taking into account min_allocations and ...
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ESG score for shorted stocks and for long-short portfolio

I was wondering how to compute an extra-financial score of a portfolio like, for instance, the ESG score. This score can is typical bounded between 0 and 10 (or 100) (see for example IVA methodology ...
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Sample from aggregate portfolio distribution versus individual asset distributions

Suppose I have three assets $x_1,x_2,x_3$ in a portfolio with weights $W=\begin{bmatrix} w_1 \\ w_2 \\ w_3 \end{bmatrix} $, expected returns $R=\begin{bmatrix} \mu_1 \\ \mu_2 \\ \mu_3 \end{bmatrix}$, ...
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Is the Market Portfolio on the Markowitz Efficient Frontier?

I have seen "market portfolio" defined online (Wikipedia/Investopedia) as the bundle of all available investments where the assets are each weighted in proportion to their existence in the market. I ...
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What does risk tolerance represent for utility-maximizing optimization with linear constraints?

Referencing Wei Jiao (2003) p. 8, formula (1.12), for $Ax = b$ set of linear constraints in a portfolio, the solution for the optimum weights to maximize the utility is: $$w^* = \Sigma^{-1}A^T \left( ...
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Calculating the efficient frontier from expected returns and SD

I'm trying to calculate the efficient frontier (and the optimal portfolio at the Sharpe ratio) given two vectors for a portfolio: (1) expected returns and (2) historical standard deviations. I would ...
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Difference between Sharpe Ratio and Information Ratio

I am finding it difficult to understand the difference between the sharpe ratio and the information ratio and the relationship between the two, and cannot find a decent reference that breaks it down ...
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Calculating alpha and its meaning

According to wikipedia, CAPM model is described by: $E(R_{i})=R_{f}+\beta _{{i}}(E(R_{m})-R_{f})$ And according to website such as http://investexcel.net/jensens-alpha-excel/, $\alpha = E(R_{i}) - ...
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Portfolio Analysis Interview Question

Suppose you have a portfolio of 100 options. Then I give you a subset of trades in which you can make. The trades consist of possible buys/sells of different options from different clients. Discuss ...
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How is breadth for Information Ratio Calculated

An alternative definition of the information Ratio (sharpe ratio) is: $IR = IC\sqrt{BR}$ I have been reading Grinold and Kahn. I have the following questions for calculating BR: Q1. If 500 stocks ...
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Examination of Betting Against Beta

http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~lpederse/papers/BettingAgainstBeta.pdf In this article the authors explain a theory/strategy called Betting Against Beta. My background is more in Math rather than finance ...
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Portfolio Optimization - Zero beta portfolio

I am trying to solve a optimization portfolio in R in which I do the following constraints: Set weight sum to within a boundary Set return to a certain value Set portfolio beta to 0 The purpose is ...
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Problems with Black-Litterman: negative portfolio weights, and very poor returns

I am trying to implement the Black-Litterman model using own-defined views matrix (from consensus analysts). However, I have encountered the problems of negative portfolio weights in some periods, and ...
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Many quants optimize sharpe ratios, sortino ratios, or anything of the form A/B. What about maximizing something of the form (AB)/(CD)?

The Sharpe ratio is defined as return/risk, generally as mean(ret)/sd(ret), where ret represents the data set of returns of an investment. However, I have seen other ratios that I also like. What I ...
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Mean Variance Portfolio theory and real-world problem?

There are many assumptions on mean-variance portfolio theory and they seem to be very unrealistic, for example 1) investors have the same information at the same time: calculating expected returns ...
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R PortfolioAnalytics

I am not able to find PortfolioAnalytics package for windows from CRAN. New to R, will greatly appreciate any help how to find and install this package.
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Tangency portfolio and CML - Why does it have the highest sharpe ratio?

In the book that I am studying, the tangent portfolio was defined as the regular efficient portfolio in the case with $n$ risky assets and 1 riskfree asset with the extra requirement that the ...
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Why universal portfolio (by T.Cover) always give uniform allocation

Here I use the the open-source project Universal-Portfolio on Github https://github.com/Marigold/universal-portfolios to test the up algorithm given by T.Cover. However, I find that up algorithm ...
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Mean Variance Optimization of 2000 pairs of securities (Python)

I would like to take the opportunity to ask for your help on an assignment I'm trying to complete. For this 'Modern Robo Advisory' course we are asked to solve a (target) goal-based investment ...
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Rockafellar-Uryasev mean-CVaR optimiztion

In Rockafellar-Uryasev 2001 paper (http://www.ise.ufl.edu/uryasev/files/2011/11/CVaR1_JOR.pdf) the mean-CVaR optimization can be written as a linear programming optimization problem as: $$P_{CVaR} = \...
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What is the return of risky asset in direct utility optimization probem?

I am trying to do this portfolio optimization for a one-month investment between S&P 500 as a risky asset and one risk-free asset: Assume that I have a power utility function, a risk-free rate ...
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Active Portfolio Management: What is the logic behind this equation? [closed]

In the CFA Curriculum Level II Readings (link) it is stated without further comment that: $(SR_{p})^2 = (SR_{b})^2 + IR^2 $ where, $(SR_{p})$ = Sharpe Ratio of an actively managed portfolio; $(...
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How can I find the portfolio with maximum Sharpe Ratio - Using Lagrange Multipliers

In Markowitz' portfolio theory we can construct portfolios with the minimum variance for a given expected return (or vice versa). Across expected risks, this traces out the well-known efficient ...
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Calculate correlation between two sub portfolios and the combined portfolio

I have two sub portfolios (lets call them portfolio a & portfolio b - a portfolio is just a vector of weights that sum to 1) that combine to create a total portfolio. I also have a 2 x 2 ...
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How to choose a tangency portfolio without a risk-free rate

How do you choose an optimal portfolio from the efficient frontier if no risk-free rate is given? I know that if there exists risk-free asset, then you would combine a portfolio from the efficient ...
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Does CAPM hold for markets with two risky assets?

Presentations of the CAPM often include statements similar to this: While idiosyncratic risk can be "diversified away", systematic risk cannot, which is also expressed in the CAPM, which states ...