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Asset allocation and portfolio optimization problems with metaheuristics: a literature survey

Bilel Jarraya ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: The main objective of Markowitz work is seeking optimal allocation of wealth on a defined number of assets while minimizing risk and maximizing returns of expected portfolio. At the beginning, proposed models in this issue are resolved basing on quadratic programming. Unfortunately, the real state of financial markets makes these problems too complex. Metaheuristics are stochastic methods which aim to solve a large panel of NPhard problems without intervention of users. These methods are inspired from analogies with other fields such as physics, genetics, or ethologic. Already various Metaheuristics approaches have been proposed to solve asset allocation and portfolio optimization problems. In a first time, we survey some approaches on the topic, by categorizing them, describing results and involved techniques. Second part of this paper aims providing a good guide to the application of Metaheuristics to portfolio optimization and asset allocation problems.

Keywords: Portfolio; Asset allocation; Metaheuristics; Mono-objective problems; Multi-objective problems. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G11 G12 G17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013, Revised 2013
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Published in Business Excellence and Management 4.3(2013): pp. 38-56

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