Portfolio Optimization
Efficient frontier
Definition. The portfolio , which maximizes the expected value of CRRA utility function for some value of relative risk aversion coefficient, will be called CRRAoptimal or CRRAefficient.
Definition. The efficient frontier is the entire set of all CRRAoptimum portfolios.
Note. The definition, mentioned above, differs a little bit from the classical definition of the efficient frontier as the entire set of portfolios, which are optimal according to MeanVariance criterion. If assumptions of the
analytical model hold true, then by virtue of the result, formulated in the previous section, these two definitions coincide. In the general case, however, the above sets can differ. Our definition of the efficient frontier may be more suitable here since the maximization of expected utility better corresponds to the purposes of an investor, than does maximization by the means of MeanVariance criterion.
Graphic representation of the efficient frontier is the corresponding curve on the RiskReward plane. Within the framework of the analytical model and convex constraints on the set of admissible portfolios this curve is
convex; in general case, however, the above convexity property might be violated.
Depending on the purposes of the analysis, definitions of Risk and Reward measures, which correspond to the axes on the chart, can vary. Below we present variations of such measures that are realized in SmartFolio package.
Portfolio Risk measures
Portfolio Reward measures
 Excess Mu
 Expected excess growth rate
Note. In a singleperiod framework it is common to restrict the admissible portfolios to fullyinvested portfolios only. In a multiperiod framework it often makes sense to omit this restriction, in particular if the
portfolio expected excess growth rate is chosen as a Portfolio Reward measure.
Definition. If the set of admissible portfolios is restricted to fullyinvested portfolios only, then the corresponding efficient frontier will be denoted as FIefficient frontier.
Examples of FIefficient frontier graphs for each of the two previously defined measures of portfolio reward and chosen as the portfolio risk, are shown below. Additional elements on the first graph refer to the subsequent topics.
The rest of the chapter is devoted to the analytical model case, where the notions of CRRAefficiency and MeanVariance efficiency coincide.
Analytical model: Efficient Frontier generation
Consider RiskAdjusted Expected Excess Rate of Return corresponding to the relative risk aversion coefficient
The efficient frontier can be parameterized by in the following way:
where denotes the admissible portfolios set.
Note. If portfolio lies on FIefficient frontier, and no other constraints are imposed on , then implied value of that makes optimal for is .
Analytical model: Global Minimum Variance portfolio
Definition. The Global Minimum Variance (GMV) portfolio is a fullyinvested portfolio with the minimum volatility value .
The GMV portfolio belongs to FIefficient frontier and is located on its left end. If no constraints are imposed on apart from the fullinvestment condition, then the GMV portfolio allows for the analytical representation:
where is vector of ones.
The corresponding values of and are calculated according to the following expressions:
Analytical model: Tangency portfolio
Definition. The targency portfolio is a fullyinvested with maximum value of Instantaneous Sharpe Ratio.
Definition. The straight line on the graph , passing through the origin and being a tangent to FIefficient frontier, is called the Capital Market Line (CML).
The tangency portfolio corresponds to the point, where CML touches the FIefficient frontier.
If no constraints are imposed on apart from the fullinvestment condition, then:
 Tangency portfolio admits the analytical representation:
where is vector of ones.
 Formulas for and have the following form:
 Any portfolio on the FIefficient frontier can be obtained as a linear combination of the GMV portfolio and the tangency portfolio.
 If the fullinvestment condition is omitted, then the renewed efficient frontier coincides with Capital Market Line. Any portfolio, belonging to CML, can be represented as a linear combination of a riskless asset and a tangency portfolio. The latter statement has a title of the TwoFund Separation Theorem.
TwoFund Separation Theorem
Theorem. Assume the following conditions hold:
 There are no constraints imposed on admissible portfolios
 Riskless asset is the same for all investors
 Riskfree rates for lending and borrowing are equal
 There are no transaction costs and taxes
Then any portfolio belonging to the efficient frontier is a combination of the tangency portfolio and a riskless asset.
TwoFund Separation Theorem serves as a theoretical basis for index funds activity. Indeed, if TwoFund Separation Theorem holds, then all rational investors regardless of their risk profile hold the same mix of risky securities. Therefore, the market share of each asset is equal to its weight in the tangency portfolio. In other words, any rational investor who isn’t faced with portfolio constraints would hold all of his funds in a riskless asset and in a mutual fund that replicates the market portfolio.
 
