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## Protected: QUANT: Some more portfolio theory

Written by curious

October 31, 2010 at 11:25 am

Posted in quant-finance

## QUANT: More on Portfolio Theory

1. Utility Theory
1. Utility
1. more is preferred to less (non-satiation)
2. diminishing marginal utility
2. Utility Function, U(w). Increasing (U'(w) > 0) => non-satiation, Concave down (U”(w) < 0) = diminishing marginal utility
3. Utility Maximization
4. Constrained Optimization
5. Certainty Equivalent – amount in risk-free investment that will give the same utility value as expected utility value of investment in risky investments. $\text{certainty-equiv} = U^{-1}(\mathbb{E}[U(r_{\text{risky}})])$
6. Risk Premium = $\mathbb{E}[r_{\text{risky}}] - r_{\text{riskfree}} = \mathbb{E}[r_{\text{risky}}] - \text{certainty-equiv}$

Risk Premium rate is $\frac{\text{riskpremium}}{\text{certainty-equiv}}-1$ or $\log(\frac{\text{riskpremium}}{\text{certainty-equiv}})-1$

A Risk Averse investor would expect positive risk-premium

A Risk Seeking investor would expect negative risk-premium

7. Risk Aversion
8. Absolute Risk Aversion, $A(w) = - \frac{U''(w)}{U'(w)}$
9. Relative Risk Aversion, $R(w) = w A(w)$
2. Maximum Variance Portfolio Analysis – Goal
1. Maximize return for a given amount of risk
2. Given an expected return minimize the amount of risk
3. Efficient Frontier
1. Combining the assets:

Suppose we have a portfolio of 2 assets (X, Y) with weights (a, 1-a), then expected return and variance of the portfolio will be:

1. Expected Return: $\mathbb{E}[\mathbf{r}_{p}] = a \mu_X + (1-a) \mu_Y$
2. Variance: $\text{Var}[\mathbf{r}_{p}] = a^2 \text{Var}[X] + (1-a)^2 \text{Var}[Y] + 2a(1-a)\text{Cov}(X,Y) = a^2 \sigma_X^2 + (1-a)^2 \sigma_Y^2 + 2a(1-a)\rho_{X,Y}\sigma_X \sigma_Y$

If we plot Volatility vs Expected Return (obtained from the above formulas) for different possible values of ‘a’, we get the hyperbolic curve that gives us the Efficient Frontier.

R = [.04 .07];
Vol = [.2 .3];
rho=0.5;
efficientFrontier(R, Vol, rho)

function efficientFrontier(assetReturn, assetVolatility, rho)
asset1Weight = -10:0.01:10;
asset2Weight = 1-asset1Weight;
Y=assetReturn(1).*asset1Weight+assetReturn(2).*asset2Weight;
X=sqrt((assetVolatility(1)*asset1Weight).^2+(assetVolatility(2)*asset2Weight).^2+2*rho*assetVolatility(1)*assetVolatility(2)*asset1Weight*diag(asset2Weight));
plot(X,Y);
xlabel('Volatility');
ylabel('Returns');
end


n-Assets Portfolio with

1. Weights $\sum_{i=1}^n w_i = 1$,
2. Expected Return: $\mathbb{E}[\mathbf{p}] = \sum_{i=1}^n w_i \mu_i$
3. Variance: $\text{Var}[\mathbf{p}] = \sum_{i=1}^n w_i^2 \sigma_i^2 + \sum_{i=1}^n \sum_{j=1, j \neq i}^n (\text{Cov}(i,j) w_i w_j) = \mathbf{w}_p' \mathbf{S} \mathbf{w}_p = \sigma_p^2$
2. How do we find Minimum Variance Portfolio? For what weight ‘w’, will the portfolio have minimum variance? Hint: At the minima, d(Var[r])/dw = 0.

$w = \frac{\sigma_Y^2 - \rho_{X,Y} \sigma_X \sigma_Y}{\sigma_X^2+\sigma_Y^2-2\rho_{X,Y}\sigma_X\sigma_Y}$, $1-w = \frac{\sigma_X^2 - \rho_{X,Y} \sigma_X \sigma_Y}{\sigma_X^2+\sigma_Y^2-2\rho_{X,Y}\sigma_X\sigma_Y}$

3. Global Minimum Variance Portfolio (the general case – portfolio of n-assets).

Given: Covariance Matrix, S, the portfolio with minimum variance is given by (weight vector of the portfolio):

$\mathbf{w}_{\text{G}} = \frac{\mathbf{S}^{-1} \mathbf{1}}{\mathbf{1}' \mathbf{S}^{-1} \mathbf{1}}$, where $\mathbf{1} = \begin{bmatrix} 1 \\ \vdots \\ 1 \end{bmatrix}$
4. Mean Variance Efficient Portfolio/Tangency Portfolio/Optimal Portfolio
1. Given Excess Return vector (in excess of risk free return rate) $\mathbf{z} = \begin{bmatrix} r_{1} - r_{\text{free}} \\ \vdots \\ r_{n} - r_{\text{free}} \end{bmatrix}$
2. Given Covariance Matrix, S
3. Efficient Portfolio weight, $\mathbf{w}_E = h \mathbf{S}^{-1} \mathbf{z}$, where $h = \frac{1}{\mathbf{1}' S^{-1} \mathbf{z}}$
5. Global Minimum Variance Portfolio will be identical to the Tangency Portfolio when all the Assets Returns (hence Excess Returns too) are exactly the same
4. Sharpe Ratio: “excess return” per unit volatility of an asset or a portfolio, p
Sharpe Ratio = $\frac{r_p - r_{\text{free}}}{\sigma_p}$

Note: On a “Volatility vs Returns” plot/graph, all portfolios on a straight line have the same Sharpe Ratio. Like all portfolios on the tangent line have the same Sharpe Ratio.

Note: Tangency Portfolio on the Efficient Frontier has the highest possible Sharpe Ratio

Note: Capital Market Line – The Tangency Portfolio line is also called Capital Market Line

5. Decomposition of a Security’s Return:
$r_s = \eta_s + \beta_s r_M + \epsilon_s$

$\eta_s$ – a constant term for the security, s
$\beta_s$ – beta term – also a constant for the security, s.
$r_M$ – market’s return. Note: $\beta_s r_M$ is the Market Specific component of the Security’s return.
$\epsilon_s$residual return/specific return/idiosyncratic return/unique return of the security, s. It is not a constant, it is a Random Variable and has mean 0.

Assumptions:

• Mean of Residual Return is 0, $\mathbb{E}[\epsilon_s] = 0$
• Residual Return for any security is independent of the market return
$\text{Cov}[\epsilon_s, r_M] = 0$
• Residual Return for any security is independent of Residual Return of any other security
$\text{Cov}[\epsilon_s, \epsilon_t] = 0$

Note:

1. Expected Return of Security s, $\mathbb{E}[r_s] = \eta_s + \beta_s \mathbb{E}[r_M]$
2. Variance (of Return) of Security s, $\text{Var}[r_s] = \beta_s^2 \text{Var}[r_M] + \text{Var}[\epsilon_s]$ (= market part + security specific part)
3. Covariance of Securities s, t, $\text{Cov}[r_s, r_t] = \beta_s \beta_t \text{Var}[r_M] = \mathbb{E}[r_s r_t] - \mathbb{E}[r_s]\mathbb{E}[r_t]$

Note: Covariance of 2 securities only depends on the Market Risk and their Betas. How 2 securities move together can be described by their common response to market moves.

4. Expected Beta of any security is 1, $\mathbb{E}[\beta_s] = 1, \mathbb{E}[\eta_s] = 0, \forall s$
5. Portfolio Return: $r_p = \sum_s w_s r_s$
Portfolio Expected Return: $\mathbb{E}[r_p] = \eta_p + \beta_p \mathbb{E}[r_M]$, where $\beta_p = \sum w_s \beta_s, \eta_p = \sum w_s \eta_s$
6. Variance of Return of a Portfolio, $\text{Var}[r_p] = \beta_p^2 \text{Var}[r_M] + \sum_{s \in p} w_s^2 \text{Var}[\epsilon_s]$

Note: In a large diversified portfolio, the impact of residual risk on the portfolio vanishes. $\text{Var}[r_p] \to \beta_p^2 \text{Var}[r_M]$.

7. Note: $\text{Var}[\epsilon_s]$ is diversifiable or unsystematic risk, $\beta_s$ is undiversifiable/systematic risk
8. Note: Recall $\text{Var}[r_p] \to \overline{\text{Cov}}$. Which means risk that can not be diversified away is due to the covariances of the securities in the portfolio. Combining that with the result above we note that it is proportional to the market’s risk $\text{Var}[r_M]$.
9. Market Portfolio, p = M, then $\eta_M = 0 = \mathbb{E}[\eta_s], \beta_M = 1 = \mathbb{E}[\beta_s] = 1$
6. Security Market Line – line on $\beta_s \text{ vs } \mathbb{E}[r_s]$ plot. Y-axis intercept is risk-free return and has $\beta = 0$. The “market portfolio” has $\beta_M = 1$

Equation of a “Security Market Line” is

• $\mathbb{E}[r_s] = r_{\text{free}} + (\mathbb{E}[r_M] - r_{\text{free}})\beta_s$

equivalently: $(\mathbb{E}[r_s] - r_{\text{free}}) = (\mathbb{E}[r_M] - r_{\text{free}})\beta_s$

or (Excess Return of Security) = (Security’s Beta) x (Excess Return of Market)

• $\mathbb{E}[r_s] = (1-\beta_s) r_{\text{free}} + \mathbb{E}[r_M] \beta_s$

or (Expected Return of Security) = Weighted Average of (Risk-Free Rate, Market Expected Return)

Note: SML shows: “Expected Return” of any Security/Portfolio = linear and increasing function of Systematic Risk (beta)
Note: SML shows: Only Risk that effects the “Expected Return” of Security/Portfolio is Market Risk

7. Jensen’s Alpha: any extra expected return above that predicted by SML
$(\mathbb{E}[r_p] - r_{\text{free}}) = \alpha_p + (\mathbb{E}[r_M] - r_{\text{free}})\beta_p$
8. Treynor Ratio: excess return per unit beta of an asset, s
Treynor Ratio = $\frac{r_s - r_{\text{free}}}{\beta_s}$
9. Beta – signifies systemic risk component of the asset
1. $\beta = \rho_{\text{asset,market}} \frac{\sigma_{\text{asset}}}{\sigma_{\text{market}}} = \text{Cov}(\text{asset},\text{market})/\text{Var}(\text{market})$
10. Capital Asset Pricing Model
11. Regression is equivalent to projection on a line
12. Beta Hedging a Portfolio
14. Single Index Model
$r_s = \eta_s + \beta_s r_M + \epsilon_s$

where
$\mathbb{E}[\epsilon_s] = 0, \text{Cov}(\epsilon_s, \epsilon_t) = 0, \text{Cov}(\epsilon_s, r_M) = 0$

Covariance of 2 assets/stocks
$\text{Cov}(r_s,r_t) = \beta_s \beta_t \text{Var}[r_M]$

15. Multi Factor Model
$r_s = \eta_s + \sum_{k=1}^K \beta_{s,k} f_k + \epsilon_s$

where
$\epsilon_{s} = \text{ residual portion of returns}$

$\beta_{s,k} = \text{ factor loading for asset s, factor}, f_k$

$f_{k} = \text{ factor,} f_k$

In other words
$\begin{bmatrix} r_1 \\ r_2 \\ \vdots \\ r_N \end{bmatrix} = \begin{bmatrix} \eta_1 \\ \eta_2 \\ \vdots \\ \eta_N \end{bmatrix} + \begin{bmatrix} \beta_{1,1} & \beta_{1,2} & \cdots & \beta_{1,K} \\ \beta_{2,1} & \beta_{2,2} & \cdots & \beta_{2,K} \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ \beta_{N,1} & \beta_{N,2} & \cdots & \beta_{N,K} \\ \end{bmatrix} \begin{bmatrix} f_1 \\ f_2 \\ \vdots \\ f_K \end{bmatrix} + \begin{bmatrix} \epsilon_1 \\ \epsilon_2 \\ \vdots \\ \epsilon_N \end{bmatrix}$

$\mathbf{r} = \boldsymbol{\eta} + \boldsymbol{\beta} \mathbf{f} + \boldsymbol{\epsilon}$

Covariance Matrix in terms of multi-factor model:
$\mathbf{S}_{N \times N} = \boldsymbol{\beta}_{N \times K} \mathbf{F}_{K \times K} \boldsymbol{\beta}_{K \times N}^T + \boldsymbol{\Omega}_{N \times N}$

where
$\mathbf{F}_{K \times K} = \text{ covariance matrix of factors,} f_{k}$
$\boldsymbol{\Omega}_{N \times N} = \text{ covariance matrix of residuals, (diagonal matrix)}$
$\mathbf{S}_{N \times N} = \text{ covariance matrix of returns of assets}$

$\mathbf{S} = \begin{bmatrix} \beta_{1,1} & \beta_{1,2} & \cdots & \beta_{1,K} \\ \beta_{2,1} & \beta_{2,2} & \cdots & \beta_{2,K} \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ \beta_{N,1} & \beta_{N,2} & \cdots & \beta_{N,K} \\ \end{bmatrix} \begin{bmatrix} \text{Var}[f_1] & \text{Cov}(f_1,f_2) & \cdots & \text{Cov}(f_1,f_K) \\ \text{Cov}(f_2,f_1) & \text{Var}[f_2] & \cdots & \text{Cov}(f_2,f_K) \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ \text{Cov}(f_K,f_1) & \text{Cov}(f_K,f_2) & \cdots & \text{Var}[f_K] \\ \end{bmatrix} \begin{bmatrix} \beta_{1,1} & \beta_{2,1} & \cdots & \beta_{N,1} \\ \beta_{1,2} & \beta_{2,2} & \cdots & \beta_{N,2} \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ \beta_{1,K} & \beta_{2,K} & \cdots & \beta_{N,K} \\ \end{bmatrix} + \begin{bmatrix} \text{Var}[\epsilon_1] & 0 & \cdots & 0 \\ 0 & \text{Var}[\epsilon_2] & \cdots & 0 \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ 0 & 0 & \cdots & \text{Var}[\epsilon_n] \end{bmatrix}$

16. Principal Component Analysis
17. Regression of X on Y
18. Marginal Contribution of an asset on portfolio risk
19. Optimal Portfolio when you change currency

Written by curious

October 24, 2010 at 10:21 am

Posted in quant-finance

## QUANT: Portfolio Theory Topics

### Topics in Portfolio Theory

1. Risk is relative. Finance can not be risk free.
2. Markets – bring buyer and seller together. They facilitate trade: provide a mechanism (called “price discovery”) for mutually beneficial exchanges.
3. Price Discovery – markets discover price as buyers and sellers BID and OFFER to buy and sell
4. BID – tell a price at which you are willing to BUY
5. OFFER/ASK – tell a price at which are willing to SELL
6. Correct/Market Price – what clears the market, i.e., leaves no excess quantity demanded or supplied
7. Spread – difference of BID price and OFFER price in a market. Indication of liquidity. Narrow spread implies easy liquidity
8. Liquidity – ability to do a transaction at a price similar to the last traded price. There should be willing Buyers and Sellers at all times.
9. Liquidity is correlated with Volume. Higher Volume implies Higher Liquidity and vice versa.
10. Market Depth – the volume/quantity that can be Bought or Sold at a given price
11. Risk – we know probability distribution of the outcomes, but we do not know the outcome
12. Uncertainty – we do not know the outcome and we also do not know the probability distribution
13. Decision Criteria to decide under Uncertainty – Way to pick a strategy when there is no knowledge of probabilities of outcomes. Example: Maximax, Maximin, Minimax Regret Criterion
14. Measure risk – Variance, Mean/Variance
15. Price – exchange rate. Ratio of quantities.
16. Return – measure of change in a price
17. Given time series of prices: $P_{s,0}, P_{s,1}, \ldots, P_{s,T}$
1. Simple Return/Percent Return, $R_{s,t} = \frac{P_{s,t}-P_{s,t-1}}{P_{s,t-1}}, t \in [1, ..., T]$
2. Gross Return, $G_{s,t} = 1+\frac{P_{s,t}-P_{s,t-1}}{P_{s,t-1}} = 1 + R_{s,t}$
3. Log Return, $r_{s,t} = \log(P_{s,t}) - \log(P_{s,t-1}) = \log\left(\frac{P_{s,t}}{P_{s,t-1}}\right) = \log(1+R_{s,t})$
4. Simple Return is to Simple Compounding: $P_{s,t} = P_{s,t-1}(1+R_{s,t})$
5. Log Return is to Continuous Compounding: $P_{s,t} = P_{s,t-1}e^{r_{s,t}}$
6. Effect of dividend on returns calculation. $R_{s,t} = \frac{(P_{s,t}+D_{s,t})-P_{s,t-1}}{P_{s,t-1}}, r_{s,t} = \log(P_{s,t}+D_{s,t}) - \log(P_{s,t-1})$
7. Effect of m:n stock split on returns calculation. $R_{s,t} = \frac{(m P_{s,t})-n P_{s,t-1}}{n P_{s,t-1}}, r_{s,t} = \log(m P_{s,t}) - \log(n P_{s,t-1})$
8. Stochastic Processes:
1. $R_{t} = \Delta P_{t}/P_{t-1} = m\Delta t + \sigma \epsilon \sqrt{\Delta t}, P_{t} = P_{t-1}(1+R_{t})$
2. $dP_t/P_t = \mu dt + \sigma dW_t, dr_t = (\mu-\sigma^2/2) dt + \sigma dW_t$, $\log P_T = \log P_0 + (\mu-\sigma^2/2) T + \sigma W_T$
9. Average Returns: Given a time series of returns $R_1, R_2, \ldots, R_T$
1. Arithmetic Average: $\overline{R}_{arith} = \frac{1}{T} \sum_{t=1}^T R_t$
2. Geometric Average: $1+\overline{R}_{geo} = \left(\prod_{t=1}^T \left(1+R_t\right)\right)^{1/T}$
18. Statistics:
1. Expectation $\mathbb{E}[r] = \mu(r)$
2. Variance $\text{Var}[r] = \sigma^2(r) = \mathbb{E}[r^2-\mathbb{E}[r]^2] = \mathbb{E}[r^2]-\mathbb{E}[r]^2$
3. Standard Deviation $\text{STD}[r] = \sigma(r)$
4. CoVariance $\text{Cov}[x,y] = \mathbb{E}[(x-\mathbb{E}[x])(y-\mathbb{E}[y])] = \mathbb{E}[xy] - \mathbb{E}[x]\mathbb{E}[y]$
5. Correlation $\mathbf{Corr}[x,y] = \frac{\text{Cov}[x,y]}{\text{STD}[x]\text{STD}[y]}$
19. Mean (Log) Return: $\overline{r} = \frac{1}{T} \sum_{t=1}^T r_t, r_t = \log(P_t/P_{t-1})$
20. Total Holding Period Return: $r_{HPR} = \sum_{t=1}^T r_t = \log(P_T/P_0)$
21. Annualized Mean Return: $\overline{r}_{\text{annual}} = \text{(num of observations per year)} \frac{1}{T} \sum_{t=1}^T r_t$
22. num of observations per year
1. Annual returns = 1
2. Monthly returns = 12
3. Weekly returns = 52.177
4. Daily returns = 252 (# of trading days in 1 year for volatility calculations), for interest rate related calculations, use calendar days 365
23. Volatility (always annualized):
1. Historic Annualized Volatility/Standard Deviation $\hat{\sigma} = \sqrt{\text{(num of observations per year)} \frac{1}{T-1} \sum_{t=1}^{T} (r_t - \hat{r}_{\text{sample}})^2}$
2. Zero Mean Assumption Volatility: $\hat{\sigma}_{\text{zero}} = \sqrt{\text{(num of observations per year)} \frac{1}{T} \sum_{t=1}^{T} r_t^2}$
3. Expected Return Assumption Volatility: $\hat{\sigma}_{\text{exp}} = \sqrt{\text{(num of observations per year)} \frac{1}{T} \sum_{t=1}^{T} (r_t - r_t^{\text{expected}})^2}$.
$r_t^{\text{expected}}$ is the expected/desired return for the period t.
24. Rolling window – showing historical volatility over time. Calculate volatility for time t by using returns over the window period before and up to time t, i.e., $t \in [T-\delta T, T]$
25. Weighted windows: weighting function: equal weight, linear weight, exponential weight, truncated exponential weight
26. Correlation – related to regression
27. Covariance Matrix, S: let Y be T x N matrix of observations of returns (T returns observations for each of N assets), Covariance matrix is a N x N matrix given by:

$\mathbf{S} = \Sigma_{N \times N}^2 = (\text{observations per year}) \frac{1}{T} \mathbf{Y}' \mathbf{Y} = \begin{bmatrix} \text{Cov}(r_1,r_1) & \text{Cov}(r_1,r_2) & \cdots & \text{Cov}(r_1,r_N) \\ \text{Cov}(r_1,r_2) & \text{Cov}(r_2,r_2) & \cdots & \text{Cov}(r_2,r_N) \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ \text{Cov}(r_1,r_N) & \text{Cov}(r_2,r_N) & \cdots & \text{Cov}(r_N,r_N) \end{bmatrix}$

28. Covariance matrix is symmetric. Diagonal elements are variances.

$\mathbf{S} = \begin{bmatrix} \text{Var}[r_1] & \text{Cov}(r_1,r_2) & \cdots & \text{Cov}(r_1,r_N) \\ \text{Cov}(r_1,r_2) & \text{Var}[r_2] & \cdots & \text{Cov}(r_2,r_N) \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ \text{Cov}(r_1,r_N) & \text{Cov}(r_2,r_N) & \cdots & \text{Var}[r_N] \end{bmatrix}$
$\text{Var}[\mathbf{Y}]_{N \times 1} = \text{diag}(\mathbf{S})$

29. When the assets are uncorrelated, then the Covariance matrix becomes a diagonal matrix (since all the covariance terms are 0).
$\mathbf{S} = \begin{bmatrix} \text{Var}[r_1] & 0 & \cdots & 0 \\ 0 & \text{Var}[r_2] & \cdots & 0 \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ 0 & 0 & \cdots & \text{Var}[r_N] \end{bmatrix} = \text{diag}(\text{Var}[\mathbf{Y}])$

Inverse of a diagonal matrix is easy
$\mathbf{S}^{-1} = \begin{bmatrix} \frac{1}{\text{Var}[r_1]} & 0 & \cdots & 0 \\ 0 & \frac{1}{\text{Var}[r_2]} & \cdots & 0 \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ 0 & 0 & \cdots & \frac{1}{\text{Var}[r_N]} \end{bmatrix} = \text{diag}(\frac{1}{\text{Var}[\mathbf{Y}]})$

30. Correlation matrix:

$\mathbf{Corr} = \begin{bmatrix} 1 & \rho(r_1,r_2) & \cdots & \rho(r_1,r_N) \\ \rho(r_1,r_2) & 1 & \cdots & \rho(r_2,r_N) \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ \rho(r_1,r_N) & \rho(r_2,r_N) & \cdots & 1 \end{bmatrix}$

Correlation matrix is also symmetric. Diagonal elements are 1.

31. Correlation matrix to Covariance matrix conversion

$\mathbf{S} = \text{diag}(\sqrt{\text{Var}[\mathbf{Y}]}) \times \mathbf{Corr} \times \text{diag}(\sqrt{\text{Var}[\mathbf{Y}]})$

here, $\text{Var}[\mathbf{Y}] = \begin{bmatrix} \sigma_1^2 & \sigma_2^2 & \cdots & \sigma_n^2 \end{bmatrix}^T$

32. Covariance matrix to Correlation matrix conversion

$\mathbf{Corr} = \text{diag}(1/\sqrt{\text{Var}[\mathbf{Y}]}) \times \mathbf{S} \times \text{diag}(1/\sqrt{\text{Var}[\mathbf{Y}]}) \\ = \text{diag}(1/\sqrt{\text{diag}(\mathbf{S})}) \times \mathbf{S} \times \text{diag}(1/\sqrt{\text{diag}(\mathbf{S})})$

33. Vector of returns:

$\mathbf{z} = \begin{bmatrix} r_1 & r_2 & \cdots & r_N \end{bmatrix}^T$

34. Portfolio – a vector of weights of assets,

$\mathbf{w}_p = \begin{bmatrix} w_1 & w_2 & \cdots & w_n \end{bmatrix}^T$

35. Portfolio Returns – total return of all the assets in a portfolio,

$r_p = \mathbf{w}_p^T \mathbf{z} = \sum_{s=1}^n w_s r_s$

36. Portfolio Volatility – total volatility of all the assets in a portfolio,

$\sigma_p = \sqrt{\mathbf{w}_p^T \mathbf{S} \mathbf{w}_p}$

37. Diversification – invest in all assets. Example, put (1/n) in each asset. Portfolio Volatility of a well diversified portfolio is driven by Mean of Covariances only, individual asset volatilities do not matter. Why? To calculate portfolio volatility, we add all the Variance and Covariance terms, there are n Variance terms (along the diagonal) and [(n-1) x n] Covariance terms. So Covariances dominate the contribution.

$\lim_{n \to \infty} \sigma_p^2 \to \overline{\text{Cov}} = \frac{1}{n} \sum_{i \neq j} \text{Cov}(r_i,r_j)$

38. Covariance between two Portfolios (of the same assets): It is a number (not a matrix), $\text{Cov}(\mathbf{r}_a, \mathbf{r}_b) = \mathbf{w}_a \mathbf{S} \mathbf{w}_b$
39. A Covariance Matrix must be Positive Semi-Definite (i.e. $\mathbf{x} \mathbf{S} \mathbf{x} \geq 0, \forall \mathbf{x} \neq \mathbf{0}$). Which means all eigenvalues of S are positive. A condition for that is $\det(\mathbf{S}-\lambda \mathbf{I}) = 0$.
40. A valid Correlation Matrix must also be positive semi-definite. A 2 x 2 matrix (for 2 assets) is valid if $\rho_{1,2}^2 \leq 1$.

For a 3 x 3 correlation matrix a necessary condition is:
$\rho_{1,2}^2 + \rho_{2,3}^2 + \rho_{1,3}^2 - 2\rho_{1,2}\rho_{2,3}\rho_{1,3} \leq 1$

41. Simulate Sample price movements: $S + \Delta S = S e^{(\mu - \sigma^2/2)\Delta t + \sigma Z \Delta t}, Z \sim \Phi(0,1)$

Stochastic Process: $dS = \mu dt + \sigma S dW_t$, Discrete Version: $\Delta S = \mu S \Delta t + \sigma S Z \sqrt{\Delta t}, Z \sim \Phi(0,1)$
Log S Process: $d (\log S) = (\mu-\sigma^2/2)dt + \sigma dW_t$, Discrete Version: $\log (S+\Delta S)-\log(S) = (\mu-\sigma^2/2)\Delta t + \sigma Z \sqrt{\Delta t}$

42. Generating Independent Random Numbers in MATLAB:
% m x n matrix of independent random numbers
randn(m,n)


Generating Correlated Random Normal Variables. Want to generate N x n matrix of random variables Y.
These random variables should be correlated normal, and must have covariance matrix equal to S (given)

Method 1: Cholesky Decomposition

1. Generate Independent Random Variables, U
2. Take Cholesky Decomposition of the Covariance Matrix (S), call it C. Then CC = S.
3. The Correlated Random Variables will then be, Y = U C
U = randn(T,N);
C = chol(S);
Y = UC;


Ponder on what is the correlation matrix of Y? It is $\frac{1}{T} \mathbf{Y}'\mathbf{Y} = \frac{1}{T} \mathbf{UC}'\mathbf{UC} = \frac{1}{T} \mathbf{C}' \mathbf{U}'\mathbf{UC} = \mathbf{S}$. Remember U is independent standard normal, so it’s mean is 0 and variance is 1, i.e., $\frac{1}{T} \mathbf{U}' \mathbf{U} = \mathbf{I}$.

In fact, any matrix B such that $\mathbf{B}' \mathbf{B} = \mathbf{S}$ can be used to generate the correlated random variables.

Method 2: Spectral Decomposition

1. Given an S, take it’s eigenvalues λ and eigenvectors V. Then $\mathbf{B}' = \text{diag}(\sqrt{\mathbf{\lambda}}) \mathbf{V}, \mathbf{B}' \mathbf{B} = \mathbf{S}$
2. Define Y = UB

Written by curious

October 23, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Posted in quant-finance

## TECH: Enable root login on GDM console

Comment out the following line in pam.d files:

1. /etc/pam.d/gdm
#auth       required    pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet

#auth       required    pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet


Written by curious

October 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Posted in linux

## TECH: Setting up Caching DNS Server on Fedora

Discovered what I needed was not BIND, but DNSMASQ.

### Configuring DNSMASQ

1. DNSMASQ is a lot lighter weight and is suited for my needs
2. It is simple to configure. Just make sure you have the following in /etc/dnsmasq.conf:
domain-needed
bogus-priv
strict-order
interface=eth0   # let DNS listen on eth0
no-dhcp-interface=eth0

conf-dir=/etc/dnsmasq.d

3. Update your /etc/hosts file to include MVPS hosts file (http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.txt).

127.0.0.1 iadsdk.apple.com

4. Start dnsmasq server
chkconfig dnsmasq on
service dnsmasq start

5. Do not forget to poke a hole in the firewall. Add the following line in your /etc/sysconfig/iptables file and restart iptables
-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m udp -p udp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT

6. Check your DNS is working now

### Configuring BIND

1. Install bind, bind-chroot RPMs
options {
// listen-on port 53 { 127.0.0.1; };
listen-on port 53 { any; };
// listen-on-v6 port 53 { ::1; };
directory   "/var/named";
dump-file   "/var/named/data/cache_dump.db";
statistics-file "/var/named/data/named_stats.txt";
memstatistics-file "/var/named/data/named_mem_stats.txt";
allow-query     { localhost; localnets; };
recursion yes;

// Forward to Google DNS servers
forwarders { 8.8.8.8; 8.8.4.4; };

//  dnssec-enable yes;
//  dnssec-validation yes;
//  dnssec-lookaside auto;

/* Path to ISC DLV key */
bindkeys-file "/etc/named.iscdlv.key";
};

logging {
channel default_debug {
file "data/named.run";
severity dynamic;
};
};

zone "." IN {
type hint;
file "named.ca";
};

// zone "mydomain.com" IN {
//     type forward;
//     forwarders { XX.XX.XX.XX; }; // my DNS server IP address, if I have one
// };

include "/etc/named.rfc1912.zones";
include "/etc/named.mvps.zones";   // to block the pests

3. Create a named.mvps.zones file from MVPS hosts file (http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.txt). You will have to remove host names that contain ‘_’ in them.
Your generated file should have entries like:

zone "www.aconti.net" IN { type master; file "named.localhost"; };

4. If you have a iTouch/iPhone that you use on your network, then you might want to add the following to block iAds
zone "iadsdk.apple.com" IN { type master; file "named.localhost"; };
zone "iadc.qwapi.com" IN { type master; file "named.localhost"; };

5. Copy this file to /var/named/chroot/etc/ and make sure it is readable by “named” user.
chgrp named /var/named/chroot/etc/named.mvps.zones
chmod 640 /var/named/chroot/etc/named.mvps.zones

6. Fire up the engines
chkconfig named --list
chkconfig named on
service named start

7. Try it out
dig @localhost www.aconti.net


Written by curious

October 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Posted in tech-tips

## Protected: QUANT: Comparison

Written by curious

October 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

Posted in quant-finance

## TECH: Printing Duplex on a HP LaserJet 4300 (with no duplex printing support)

1. Print all the EVEN pages (in increasing order)
2. Take the stack of printed pages and put them in the paper tray with printed side facing up and top side lying towards you.
3. Print all the ODD pages

Written by curious

October 7, 2010 at 10:52 am

Posted in tech-tips