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Next Boston QWAFAFEW Meeting: 19 Feb 2019

February 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

| $30

On the Bayesian Interpretation of the Black-Litterman Model

A QWAFAFEW discussion led by:

Petter Kolm

Abstract
We present the most general model of the type considered by Black and Litterman (1991) after fully clarifying the duality between Black–Litterman optimization and Bayesian regression. Our generalization is itself a special case of what is known as a Bayesian network or graphical model in machine learning. We cover several practical examples: (1) The treatment of views on factor risk premia in the context of APT and (2) a speculative example in which the portfolio manager specifies a view on realized volatility by trading a variance swap (time-permitting).

The presentation is based on the following paper:
P. Kolm, G. Ritter, On the Bayesian interpretation of Black–Litterman, European Journal of Operational Research (2017), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2016.10.027

Bio:
Petter Kolm, Director of the Mathematics in Finance Master’s Program and Clinical Professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

Petter Kolm is the Director of the Mathematics in Finance Master’s Program and Clinical 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 has coauthored four 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 the 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 Financial Data Science (JFDS), Journal of Investment Strategies (JoIS), and Journal of Portfolio Management (JPM). He is an Advisory Board Member of Betterment (one of the largest robo-advisors) and Alternative Data Group (ADG). Petter is also on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Quantitative Finance (IAQF) and Scientific Advisory Board Member of Artificial Intelligence Finance Institute (AIFI).

As a consultant and expert witness, Petter has provided his services in areas including alternative data, data science, econometrics, forecasting models, high frequency trading, machine learning, portfolio optimization w/ transaction costs and taxes, quantitative and systematic trading, risk management, robo-advisory and investing, smart beta strategies, transaction costs, and tax-aware investing.

Extra Bonus!!!

Petter will be presenting at CFA Boston, same day, at lunch – $10 for non-members

Dynamic Replication and Hedging: A Reinforcement Learning Approach

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Hugh Crowther
Dan diBartolomeo
Mike Dunn
Steve Gaudette
Sri Krishnamurthy
Mark Kritzman
John Minahan
Donna Cool Murphy (Dinners)
Larry Pohlman
Dan Potter
Dan Rie
Evan Schulman
Michael Schwartzman
Michael Wilcox

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Details

Date:
February 19
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
$30

Organizer

Hugh
Email:
hugh@QWAFAFEW.org

Venue

Tennis & Racquet Club
3rd Floor of the Tennis & Racquet Club, 939 Boylston Street
Boston, MA,
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