IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

A Minimax Portfolio Selection Rule with Linear Programming Solution

  • Martin R. Young

    (University of Michigan School of Business, Department of Statistics and Management Science, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1234)

Registered author(s):

    A new principle for choosing portfolios based on historical returns data is introduced; the optimal portfolio based on this principle is the solution to a simple linear programming problem. This principle uses minimum return rather than variance as a measure of risk. In particular, the portfolio is chosen that minimizes the maximum loss over all past observation periods, for a given level of return. This objective function avoids the logical problems of a quadratic (nonmonotone) utility function implied by mean-variance portfolio selection rules. The resulting minimax portfolios are diversified; for normal returns data, the portfolios are nearly equivalent to those chosen by a mean-variance rule. Framing the portfolio selection process as a linear optimization problem also makes it feasible to constrain certain decision variables to be integer, or 0-1, valued; this feature facilitates the use of more complex decision-making models, including models with fixed transaction charges and models with Boolean-type constraints on allocations.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.44.5.673
    Download Restriction: no

    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 44 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 5 (May)
    Pages: 673-683

    as
    in new window

    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:44:y:1998:i:5:p:673-683
    Contact details of provider: Postal:
    7240 Parkway Drive, Suite 300, Hanover, MD 21076 USA

    Phone: +1-443-757-3500
    Fax: 443-757-3515
    Web page: http://www.informs.org/
    Email:


    More information through EDIRC

    References listed on IDEAS
    Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:

    as in new window
    1. Harry Markowitz, 1952. "Portfolio Selection," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 7(1), pages 77-91, 03.
    2. Sharpe, William F., 1971. "A Linear Programming Approximation for the General Portfolio Analysis Problem," Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Cambridge University Press, vol. 6(05), pages 1263-1275, December.
    3. Stone, Bernell K., 1973. "A Linear Programming Formulation of the General Portfolio Selection Problem," Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Cambridge University Press, vol. 8(04), pages 621-636, September.
    4. Hiroshi Konno & Hiroaki Yamazaki, 1991. "Mean-Absolute Deviation Portfolio Optimization Model and Its Applications to Tokyo Stock Market," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 37(5), pages 519-531, May.
    5. Elton, Edwin J & Gruber, Martin J & Padberg, Manfred W, 1976. "Simple Criteria for Optimal Portfolio Selection," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 31(5), pages 1341-57, December.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:44:y:1998:i:5:p:673-683. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Mirko Janc)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.