The Use of Least Squares in the Optimization of Investment Portfolios

International Journal of Management, vol 30, no 4, pp 310 - 321

12 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2013

Date Written: December 11, 2013

Abstract

An investment manager can solve portfolio optimizations problems in many different ways. However, he needs to be very careful when it comes to selecting optimization algorithms because the performance can be very different especially when the global universe of assets is large. We will in this paper show that the traditional Quadratic Programming (QP) mean-variance portfolio optimization problem can successfully be expressed as a Least Square (LS) problem when the return matrix is either square or column dominant.

Keywords: portfolio theory, optimization, QP, LS

JEL Classification: G00, G1

Suggested Citation

Davidsson, Marcus, The Use of Least Squares in the Optimization of Investment Portfolios (December 11, 2013). International Journal of Management, vol 30, no 4, pp 310 - 321. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2366298

Marcus Davidsson (Contact Author)

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