Risk-Return Analysis: The Theory and Practice of Rational Investing (Volume One) (inbunden)
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Risk-Return Analysis: The Theory and Practice of Rational Investing (Volume One) (inbunden)

Risk-Return Analysis: The Theory and Practice of Rational Investing (Volume One)

The Theory and Practice of Rational Investing (Book 1)

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the two most important words harry markowitz ever wrote are "portfolio selection." in 1952, when everyone in the stock market was looking for the next hot stock, as a doctoral candidate, he proposed to look at many, diverse stocks--a portfolio. he laid the first cornerstone of modern portfolio theory and defended the idea that strategic asset growth means factoring in the risk of an investment. more than 60 years later, the father of modern finance revisits his original masterpiece, describes how his theory has developed, and proves the vitality of hisrisk-return analysis in the current global economy.

Risk-Return Analysis opens the door to agroundbreaking four-book series giving readers a privileged look at the personal reflections and current strategies of a luminary in finance. This first volume is Markowitz's response to what he calls the "Great Confusion" that spread when investors lost faith in the diversification benefits of MPT during the financial crisis of 2008. It demonstrates why MPT never became ineffective during the crisis, and how you can continue to reap the rewards of managed diversification into the future. Economists and financial advisors will benefit from the potent balance of theory and hard data on mean-variance analysis aimed at improving decision-making skills. Written for the academic and the practitioner withsome math skills (mostly high school algebra), this richly illustrated guide arms you with:
  • Concrete steps to accurately select and apply the right risk measures in a given circumstance
  • Rare surveys of a half-century of literature covering the applicability of MPT
  • Empirical data showing mean and riskmeasure used to maximize return in the long term

PRAISE FOR risk-return analysis "Harry Markowitz invented portfolio analysis and presented the theory in his famous 1952 article and 1959 book. Nobody has greater insight into the process than Harry. No academic or practitioner can truly claim to understand portfolio analysis unless they have read this volume." -- Martin J. Gruber, Professor Emeritus and Scholar in Residence, Stern School of Business, New York University

"Surveying the vast literature inspired by [Markowitz's] own 1959 book has stimulated an outpouring of ideas. He builds on the strengths and limitations of the important papers in order to come up with a position that should silence a lot of critics." -- Jack Treynor, President, Treynor Capital Management

"The authors do not overlook various criticisms of the MPT, but rather address them convincingly. This excellent book is an essential reference for academics and practitioners alike." -- Haim Levy, Miles Robinson Professor of Finance, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

"Markowitzs groundbreaking publications on Portfolio Selection prescribe a methodology that a rational decision-maker can follow to optimize his investment portfolio in a risky world. . ....
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Harry M. Markowitz is president of Harry Markowitz Co. in San Diego. In 1990, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for economics with Merton Miller and William Sharpe.


Foreword xi
Preface xxi
Acknowledgments xxvii
Outline of Plans for Volumes II, III, and IV xxix

1. The Expected Utility Maxim 1
Introduction 1
Defi nitions 5
Uniqueness 10
Characteristics of Expected Utility Maximization 12
RDMs Versus HDMs 14
Allaiss Paradox 17
Webers Law and the Allais Paradox 21
The Axioms 24
Axiom I 25
Axiom II 26
Axioms III and III 28
Bounded Versus Unbounded Utility of Returns 31
Postscript 34

2. Mean-Variance Approximations to Expected Utility 37
Introduction 37
Why Not Just Maximize Expected Utility? 41
Utility of Return Versus Utility of Wealth 44
Loistls Erroneous Analysis 47
Levy and Markowitz (1979) 48
Highly Risk-Averse Investors 53
Highly Risk-Averse Investors and a Risk-Free Asset 56
Portfolios of Call Options 58
Ederingtons Quadratic and Gaussian Approximations to Expected Utility 63
Other Pioneers 69
Conclusion 72

3. Mean-Variance Approximations to the Geometric Mean 73
Introduction 73
Why Inputs to a Mean-Variance Analysis Must Be Arithmetic Means 78
Six Mean-Variance Approximations to g 80
Observed Approximation Errors for Asset Classes 84
Relationships Among Approximation Methods 90
Twentieth-Century Real Equity Returns 97
Choice of Approximation 111
Recap 117
Technical Note: Selecting a Weighted Average of Approximations 118

4. Alternative Measures of Risk 123
Introduction 123
The Asset-Class Database 124
Comparisons 127
The DMS Database 137
Caveat and Conclusion 147

5. The Likelihood of Various Return Distributions (With Anthony Tessitore, Ansel Tessitore,and Nilufer Usmen) 149
Introduction 149
Bayes Factors 153
Transformed Variables 156
Compound Hypotheses 159
The Pearson Family 161
The DMS Database 169
Practically Normal Distributions 175
Illustrative Histograms 179
Near LH-Maximizing Distributions for the Ensemble 182
Transformed Country Distributions 186
Observations 190
Recommendation 192

Notes 195
References 209
Index 217