Robust Bayesian Allocation

18 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2005 Last revised: 14 May 2011

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Attilio Meucci

ARPM - Advanced Risk and Portfolio Management

Date Written: May 12, 2011


Using the Bayesian posterior distribution of the market parameters we define self-adjusting uncertainty regions for the robust mean-variance problem. Under a normal-inverse-Wishart conjugate assumption for the market, the ensuing robust Bayesian mean-variance optimal portfolios are shrunk by the aversion to estimation risk toward the global minimum variance portfolio.

After discussing the theory, we test robust Bayesian allocations in a simulation study and in an application to the management of sectors of the S&P 500.

Fully commented code is available for download

Keywords: estimation risk, Bayesian estimation, MCMC, robust optimization, location-dispersion ellipsoid, classical equivalent, shrinkage, global minimum variance portfolio, equally-weighted portfolio, quantitative portfolio management

JEL Classification: C1, G11

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Meucci, Attilio, Robust Bayesian Allocation (May 12, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

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