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A general approach to Bayesian portfolio optimization

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  • Bade, Alexander
  • Frahm, Gabriel
  • Jaekel, Uwe

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We develop a general approach to portfolio optimization taking account of estimation risk and stylized facts of empirical finance. This is done within a Bayesian framework. The approximation of the posterior distribution of the unknown model parameters is based on a parallel tempering algorithm. The portfolio optimization is done using the first two moments of the predictive discrete asset return distribution. For illustration purposes we apply our method to empirical stock market data where daily asset logreturns are assumed to follow an orthogonal MGARCH process with t-distributed perturbations. Our results are compared with other portfolios suggested by popular optimization strategies.

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  • Bade, Alexander & Frahm, Gabriel & Jaekel, Uwe, 2008. "A general approach to Bayesian portfolio optimization," Discussion Papers in Econometrics and Statistics 1/08, University of Cologne, Institute of Econometrics and Statistics.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:ucdpse:108
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    1. Gabriel Frahm & Tobias Wickern & Christof Wiechers, 2012. "Multiple tests for the performance of different investment strategies," AStA Advances in Statistical Analysis, Springer;German Statistical Society, vol. 96(3), pages 343-383, July.
    2. Gabriel Frahm, 2015. "A theoretical foundation of portfolio resampling," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 79(1), pages 107-132, July.

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