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Analysis of Kelly-optimal portfolios


  • Paolo Laureti
  • Matus Medo
  • Yi-Cheng Zhang


We investigate the use of Kelly's strategy in the construction of an optimal portfolio of assets. For lognormally distributed asset returns, we derive approximate analytical results for the optimal investment fractions in various settings. We show that when mean returns and volatilities of the assets are small and there is no risk-free asset, the Kelly-optimal portfolio lies on Markowitz Efficient Frontier. Since in the investigated case the Kelly approach forbids short positions and borrowing, often only a small fraction of the available assets is included in the Kelly-optimal portfolio. This phenomenon, that we call condensation, is studied analytically in various model scenarios.
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  • Paolo Laureti & Matus Medo & Yi-Cheng Zhang, 2010. "Analysis of Kelly-optimal portfolios," Quantitative Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(7), pages 689-697.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:quantf:v:10:y:2010:i:7:p:689-697
    DOI: 10.1080/14697680902991619

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    1. Subbiah, Mohan & Fabozzi, Frank J., 2016. "Hedge fund allocation: Evaluating parametric and nonparametric forecasts using alternative portfolio construction techniques," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 189-201.
    2. Matus Medo & Chi Ho Yeung & Yi-Cheng Zhang, 2008. "How to quantify the influence of correlations on investment diversification," Papers 0805.3397,, revised Feb 2009.
    3. Medo, Matús & Yeung, Chi Ho & Zhang, Yi-Cheng, 2009. "How to quantify the influence of correlations on investment diversification," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 18(1-2), pages 34-39, March.

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