Eigen Portfolio Selection: A Robust Approach to Sharpe Ratio Maximization
56 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2017 Last revised: 31 Oct 2018
Date Written: April 1, 2018
We show that even when a covariance matrix is poorly estimated, it is still possible to obtain a robust maximum Sharpe ratio portfolio by exploiting the uneven distribution of estimation errors across principal components. This is accomplished by approximating an investor’s view on future asset returns using a few relatively accurate sample principal components. We discuss two approximation methods. The first method leads to a subtle connection to existing approaches in the literature; while the second one is novel and able to address main shortcomings of existing methods.
Keywords: Portfolio optimization, Estimation error, Approximation error, Spectral cut-off method, Spectral selection method
JEL Classification: G11
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