Elliptical Black-Litterman Portfolio Optimization
28 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2017 Last revised: 29 Aug 2017
Date Written: July 10, 2017
We extend the Black-Litterman framework beyond normality to general elliptical distributions of investor's views and asset returns and portfolio risk measured by CVaR. Unlike existing solutions, cf. Xiao and Valdez [Quant. Finan. 2015, 15:3, 509-519], the choice of distributions, with the first and second moment constant, has a significant effect on optimal portfolio weights in a way that cannot be achieved by appropriate reparametrisation of the classical Black-Litterman methodology. The posterior distribution, in general, is not in a parametric form and, therefore, we design efficient numerical algorithms for approximating it in order to compute optimal portfolio weights. Of independent interest are our results on equivalence of a variety of portfolio optimization problems for elliptical distributions with linear constraints in the sense that they select portfolios from the same efficient frontier. We further prove a mutual fund theorem in this broad framework.
Keywords: Black-Litterman, asset allocation, elliptical distribution
JEL Classification: G11, C11, C15, C61, C63
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