Posts Tagged ‘ Portfolio Construction ’

Modeling Couch Potato strategy

October 25, 2012
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Modeling Couch Potato strategy

I first read about the Couch Potato strategy in the MoneySense magazine. I liked this simple strategy because it was easy to understand and easy to manage. The Couch Potato strategy is similar to the Permanent Portfolio strategy that I have analyzed previously. The Couch Potato strategy invests money in the given proportions among different

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Permanent Portfolio – Transaction Cost and better Risk Parity

October 9, 2012
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Permanent Portfolio – Transaction Cost and better Risk Parity

I want to address comments that were asked in my last post, Permanent Portfolio – Simple Tools, about Permanent Portfolio strategy. Specifically: The impact of transaction costs on the perfromance and Create a modified version of risk allocation portfolio that distributes weights across 3 asset classes: stocks(SPY), gold(GLD), and treasuries(TLT), and only invests into cash(SHY)

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Permanent Portfolio – Simple Tools

October 4, 2012
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Permanent Portfolio – Simple Tools

I have previously described and back-tested the Permanent Portfolio strategy based on the series of posts at the GestaltU blog. Today I want to show how we can improve the Permanent Portfolio strategy perfromance using following simple tools: Volatility targeting Risk allocation Tactical market filter First, let’s load the historical prices for the stocks(SPY), gold(GLD),

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Minimum Correlation Algorithm Speed comparison

September 25, 2012
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Minimum Correlation Algorithm Speed comparison

The Minimum Correlation Algorithm is a heuristic method discovered by David Varadi. Below I will benchmark the execution speed of 2 versions of the Minimum Correlation Algorithm versus the traditional minimum variance optimization that relies on solving a quadratic programming problem. I have run the code above for n=10 (10 assets), n=100 (100 assets), n=500

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Minimum Correlation Algorithm Example

September 23, 2012
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Minimum Correlation Algorithm Example

Today I want to follow up with the Minimum Correlation Algorithm Paper post and show how to incorporate the Minimum Correlation Algorithm into your portfolio construction work flow and also explain why I like the Minimum Correlation Algorithm. First, let’s load the ETF’s data set used in the Minimum Correlation Algorithm Paper using the Systematic

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Minimum Correlation Algorithm Paper

September 21, 2012
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Minimum Correlation Algorithm Paper

Over summer I was busy collaborating with David Varadi on the Minimum Correlation Algorithm paper. Today I want to share the results of our collaboration: Minimum Correlation Algorithm Paper Back Test reports Supporting R code The Minimum Correlation Algorithm is fast, robust, and easy to implement. Please add it to you portfolio construction toolbox and

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Permanent Portfolio

September 17, 2012
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Permanent Portfolio

First, just a quick update: I’m moving the release date of the SIT package a few months down the road, probably in November. Now back to the post. Recently I came across a series of interesting posts about the Permanent Portfolio at the GestaltU blog. Today I want to show you how to back-test the

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Adaptive Asset Allocation – Sensitivity Analysis

August 20, 2012
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Adaptive Asset Allocation – Sensitivity Analysis

Today I want to continue with Adaptive Asset Allocation theme and examine how the strategy results are sensitive to look-back parameters used for momentum and volatility computations. I will follow the sample steps that were outlined by David Varadi on the robustness of parameters of the Adaptive Asset Allocation algorithm post. Please see my prior

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Adaptive Asset Allocation

August 13, 2012
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Adaptive Asset Allocation

Today I want to highlight a whitepaper about Adaptive Asset Allocation by Butler, Philbrick and Gordillo and the discussion by David Varadi on the robustness of parameters of the Adaptive Asset Allocation algorithm. In this post I will follow the steps of the Adaptive Asset Allocation paper, and in the next post I will show

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The New 60/40

August 6, 2012
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The New 60/40

I want to share a brilliant idea and a great example from the You’re Looking at the Wrong Number post at the GestaltU blog. Today, I will focus on the section of this post that outlines simple steps to improve a typical 60/40 stock/bond portfolio by using risk allocation instead of dollar allocation, and targeting

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