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Portfolio Selection Using Genetic Algorithm

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  • sefiane, slimane
  • Benbouziane, Mohamed

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The selection of optimal portfolios is the central problem of financial investment decisions. Mathematically speaking, portfolio selection refers to the formulation of an objective function that determines the weights of the portfolio invested in each asset as to maximize return and minimize risk. This paper applies the method of genetic algorithm (GA) to obtain an optimal portfolio selection. However, the GA parameters are of great importance in the procedure of convergence of this algorithm towards the optimal solution such as crossover. While, a five stock portfolio example is used in this paper to illustrate the applicability and efficiency of genetic algorithm method, GA method can also be used however for a larger number of portfolio compositions. The results obtained confirm previous research studies about the validity and efficiency of genetic algorithm in selecting optimal portfolios.

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  • sefiane, slimane & Benbouziane, Mohamed, 2012. "Portfolio Selection Using Genetic Algorithm," MPRA Paper 41783, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Robert Pereira, 2000. "Genetic Algorithm Optimisation for Finance and Investment," Working Papers 2000.02, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
    2. Xiaolou Yang, 2006. "Improving Portfolio Efficiency: A Genetic Algorithm Approach," Computational Economics, Springer;Society for Computational Economics, vol. 28(1), pages 1-14, August.
    3. Harry Markowitz, 1952. "Portfolio Selection," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 7(1), pages 77-91, March.
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    1. Sinha, Pankaj & Chandwani, Abhishek & Sinha, Tanmay, 2013. "Algorithm of construction of Optimum Portfolio of stocks using Genetic Algorithm," MPRA Paper 48204, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    portfolio optimization; objective function; artificial intelligence methods; genetic algorithm;

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    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions

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