[R-sig-finance] Solve.QP

roger bos roger.bos at gmail.com
Wed Jul 13 15:10:10 CEST 2005

I have went through this exercise and posted an answer to the email
list: search for "portfolio.optim" and "solved" and it will be the
first hit.  Anyway, I have pasted the code in this message.


n<-100	 # number of assets
m<-200			 # number of states of the world

Cov <- matrix(rho*sigma*sigma, ncol=n, nrow=n) diag(Cov) <- rep(sigma*sigma, n) 
S <- 1+matrix(mvrnorm(m, rep(mu, n), Sigma=Cov), ncol=n) 
Cov <- var(S) #gives same answer as cov(S) mu <- apply(S, 2, mean) 
mu.target <- mean(mu) 
bLo <- rep(0, n) 

Amat <- rbind(1, mu) 
dim(bLo) <- c(n,1) 

bvec <- t(rbind(1, mu.target, bLo))
zMat <- diag(n)
Amat <- t(rbind(Amat, zMat))

dvec=rep(0, nrow(Amat)) 

#The first two rows of Amat should be equality constraints (so weights
sum to 1) meq <- 2

sol <- solve.QP(Dmat=Dmat, dvec=dvec, Amat=Amat, bvec=bvec, meq) sol 
w.asset <- zapsmall(sol$solution) 
plot(w.asset, type="n") 
lines(w.asset, type="h") 

#test to see that we get the same result with portfolio.optim 
wgt <- zapsmall(res$pw) 
cbind(w.asset, wgt) #shows both methods are equal 



On 7/11/05, KAHRA HANNU <hannu.kahra at mpsgr.it> wrote:
> Lorenzo,
> Have a look at the portfolio.optim R code and how it applies solve.QP. Download the tseries version 1.9 package and unzip it. The tseries folder contains a folder called R that contains the tseries file. Have a look at the portfolio.optim function in the file.
> Regards,
> Hannu Kahra
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> From: r-sig-finance-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch [mailto:r-sig-finance-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of L.Isella
> Sent: 10. heinäkuuta 2005 20:01
> To: r-sig-finance at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: [R-sig-finance] Solve.QP
> Dear All,
> I am starting to use R for portfolio optimization.
> I found the portfolio.optim package in tseries very useful, since it allows the user to use both the historical data to create the covariance matrix or to provide it directly.
> However, I would like not to simply use it as a black box. Portfolio.optim relies on solve.QP.
> Now, a typical problem in portfolio management is to minimize the variance of the portfolio:
> /frac{1}{2}W^T%*%CovMat%*%W,
> where CovMat is the covariance matrix of my portfolio, W is the vector of the (unknown) weights.
> The constraints are:
> \sum_i W_i=1 (the portfolio is totally invested)
> and
> \sum_i W_i\mu_i=\mu (\mu is the required variance of my portfolio, W_i and \mu_i the weight and the expected return of the i-th asset, respectively).
> Then I could e.g. impose W_i>=0 for all i (no short-selling allowed).
> Is it straightforward to implement these constraints on the weights as
> A%*%W>= b, where A is a matrix and b a vector?
> Maybe it is a naive question and I am just trying to re-invent the wheel, but I will be grateful to anyone who can help clarify these issues to me.
> Best Regards
> Lorenzo
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