Comparing Classical Portfolio Optimization and Robust Portfolio Optimization on Black Swan Events
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Black swan events, such as natural catastrophes and manmade market crashes, historically have a drastic negative influence on investments; and there is a discrepancy on losses caused by these two types of disasters. In general, there is a recovery and it is of interest to understand what type of investment strategies lead to better performance for investors. In this thesis we study classical portfolio optimization, robust portfolio optimization and some historical black swan events. We compare two main strategies: mean variance optimization vs robust portfolio optimization on two types of black swan events: natural vs anthropogenic. The comparison illustrates that robust portfolio optimization is much more conservative, and has a shorter recovery time than classical portfolio optimization. Moreover, the losses in the stock investment resulted from a natural disaster are very minor compared to the losses resulted from an anthropogenic market crash.
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Lanlan Yu (2021). Comparing Classical Portfolio Optimization and Robust Portfolio Optimization on Black Swan Events. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/16762