Martin Vesely
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Why does portfolio optimization require a positive-definite covariance matrix?
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Positive definite matrix $A$ is defined as $x^TAx > 0$ for all vectors $x$. Since a term $w^T\Sigma w$ in Markowitz (and other models as well) expresses variance in returns, it is a measure of ...

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Mean-Variance optimization with no short selling
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You can use Lagrangian only with equal type constaints. There are inqualities in your problem, namely $w \ge 0$ and $w \le 1$. Hence Lagrange method cannot be employed here. According to tags you ...

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Correlation vs. dependence in finance
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A correlation and a dependence cannot be interchanged. The dependence is more general term that two radnom variables are somehow linked. The correlation concerns linear dependence only. So, in your ...

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Calculating the daily continuously compounded return from index values
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In continuous compounding, a nominal (or an index value) in time $t$ is given by formula $$ N_t = N_0\mathrm{e}^{rt}, $$ where $r$ is return (or interest) rate per annum. Based on the equation ...

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Regression based performance attribution with dummy variables
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You are right that if you use binary dummy variables for $n$ possible values of some feature (the country in your case) you need only $n-1$ variables because the last (or first) country is indicated ...

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Why do surprises in macroeconomic variables average out to zero?
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Your confusion is probably caused by these two facts: In theory, a surprise is descirbed by a random variable with so-called standard normal distribution having standard variation equal to zero. This ...

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Ways most financial institutions measure risk
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For example VaR, one of most widely used measure, is not coherent measure because it does not satisfy always sub-additivity property. However, under asumption of a normal distribution, VaR is sub-...

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How to model/price the risk of Covid-19 and other pandemics
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Concerning the hedging, you can use so-called catastrophe bonds. They are often issued by insurers and reinsurers, development banks and I can imagine issue by a pharma company. Funds raised from ...

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Why continuously compounding
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Sometimes it is easier to work with continuos compounding in some models, especialy when you compound interest daily. Moreover, it can come from history when it was more difficult to calculate higher ...

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Suppose that we are wrong about the relevant class of distributions for financial economics and econometrics. Now what?
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There were many attempts to switch from normal distribution to some other which can describe a market more accurate, i.e. distribution with fat-tails (e.g. Cauchy distribution or broader familly of so-...

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Can the concept of entropy be applied to financial time series?
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I tried to apply an entropy to time series of daily P/L on equity portfolios (developed markets). I found out that there is a strong correlation among entropy and other risk measures such as ...

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Calculate moments given density values
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Just to add, you did not mention which kind of momement. These calculated by formula in ir7 are called general moments. However, there are also: Central moments defined as $E[X-EX]^k$ Standardized ...

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How do i find the covariance between two portfolios?
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It does not matter whether you measure covariance of two portfolios or two securities, the formula is the same. Simply instead of returns and expected values for securities, put those for portfolios.

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Ought you study Abstract Algebra in university?
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In finance, mainly linear algebra is very useful and necessary to know. Algebra in general is not necessary but I would recommend learning at least basics. It would improve your logical reasoning and ...

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Algorithmic Trading: Python vs SQL
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You can use high performance provided by database servers for calculations with huge amount of data, however, SQL is a logical language aimed mainly on searching in database. It is not intended for ...

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Why is C/C++ used by researchers to develop and test algorithmic trading strategies?
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C/C++ are low level languages in comparison with Python. Moreover, Python is scripting language. By nature, scripting languages are slow becuase they have to be interpreted. As there is a requirement ...

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What is actually going on in Monte-Carlo simulation for Mortgage backed securities?
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There is a lot of prepayment models for MBS, mostly every big bank has its own proprietary model. But the prepayment model can take into account many variables than only interest rate. A probability ...

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How to deflate USD inflation?
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You can measure inflation by so-called GDP deflator. The inflation for year $y$ is given by formula $$ \pi_y = \frac{\text{GDP}_{nominal}}{\text{GDP}_{real}}. $$ The advantage of deflator in ...

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Calculation of the Bid-Ask Spread on Bloomberg
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BID/ASK spread always means difference between ASK and BID price. On Bloomberg, the spread is calculated for each price source. There is no averaging. The same is true for any other kind of spread (e....

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Why is it so rare for finance theory to depart from the normal distribution?
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You are right that many models are based on normal distribution or log-normal distribution which are connected. It seems that there is three reasons (of course, maybe more) for using normal ...

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Difference between par value and principal?
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Usually both principal and par value refer to payment from a bond on its maturity. Sometimes term nominal is used for this as well. There can a little difference, however. Principal is used for a ...

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Quantum Computing for Quantitative Finance
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See here list of articles and sources I have been interested in. They concern Monte Carlo method, derivative pricing and TSP. And here is a link to on-line course on basics of a quantum computing. I ...

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Empirical Probability Distribution
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You can use histogram in Excel. Either on Insert tab, where you choose Add graph and then histogram (in Excel 2016 and higher), or go to tab Data and Analytics tools (add-ins is needed for that) and ...

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Determining Value at Risk of a Poisson distribution
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Firstly, a Poisson distribution is discrete one, so you can get CDF by sumation instead of integration. See here how CDF looks like. Secondly, 95 % VaR is a opposite value to 5 % quantile of the ...

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Can the total market cap of a country increase beyond its total wealth?
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If only US citizens can invest on US markets, total market capitalization has to be less than total wealth of society because finance investments are only part of total wealth. When you borrow money ...

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Why doesn't algorithmic trading require humans to digest new data?
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Firstly, there is no possibility for a human to digest data used in algorithic trading. By definition, the algo trading is done by computer software (algorithms), there is no room for human ...

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Why do some principal-protected notes reset the gains to zero?
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It seems that issuer of these notes took a position in options and it has gains only when the value of index is between 24 % and 27 %. Issued notes are probably used for funding some investment ...

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Quantitative risk management for energy markets
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I would recomment site risk.net. You can find a lot of artciles and books on risk management there. You can also try to find some book on risk management here: bookboon.com. The site offer many books ...

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CDS time series construction
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As in case of any other OTC instrument (bonds being fine example), some data are publicly disclosed despite there can be some negotiation between counterparties about a price. In case of CDS, the ...

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