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A Talk by Petter Kolm - 65 Years of Portfolio Optimization: Practical Challenges and Current Trends

  • 15 Aug 2017
  • 5:45 PM (EDT)
  • NYU Kimmel Center, Room 802, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

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65 Years of Portfolio Optimization: Practical Challenges and Current Trends

A Talk by Petter Kolm

Director of the Mathematics in Finance Masters Program & Clinical Professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences,
New York University


Tuesday, August 15th

5:45 PM Registration
6:00 PM Presentation Begins
7:30 PM Reception

    
Abstract

The concepts of portfolio optimization and diversification have been instrumental in the development and understanding of financial markets and financial decision-making. In light of the 65 year anniversary of Harry Markowitz’s paper “Portfolio Selection,” we review some of the approaches developed to address the challenges encountered when using portfolio optimization in practice, including the inclusion of transaction costs, portfolio constraints, and the sensitivity to the estimates of expected returns and covariances.


In addition, we selectively highlight some trends and developments in portfolio optimization such as Bayesian techniques, extensions of the Black-Litterman model, mixing of different sources of alpha, and practical multi-period portfolio optimization.


 

Biography

Petter Kolm, Director of the Mathematics in Finance Masters Program and Clinical Professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University


Petter Kolm is the Director of the Mathematics in Finance Masters Program and Clinical Associate Professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University and the Principal of the Heimdall Group, LLC. Previously, Petter worked in the Quantitative Strategies Group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management where his responsibilities included researching and developing new quantitative investment strategies for the group's hedge fund.  Petter coauthored the books Financial Modeling of the Equity Market: From CAPM to Cointegration (Wiley, 2006), Trends in Quantitative Finance (CFA Research Institute, 2006), Robust Portfolio Management and Optimization (Wiley, 2007), and Quantitative Equity Investing: Techniques and Strategies (Wiley, 2010). He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale, an M.Phil. in applied mathematics from Royal Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in mathematics from ETH Zurich.

Petter is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Portfolio Analysis and Management (IJPAM), Journal of Investment Strategies (JOIS), Journal of Portfolio Management (JPM), and the board of directors of the International Association for Quantitative Finance (IAQF). As a consultant and expert witness, he has provided his services in areas such as algorithmic and quantitative trading strategies, econometrics, forecasting models, portfolio construction methodologies incorporating transaction costs, and risk management procedures. Web: http://www.cims.nyu.edu/~kolm   



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