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Shortest Proof Mean-Variance Efficiency

September 28th, 2014, 7:20 am

Assuming that portfolios must be fully invested (all exposures add to one) and short positions (exposures smaller than zero) and leverage on asset level (individual exposures larger than one) are possible, we know that linear combinations of mean-variance efficient portfolios are again mean-variance efficient...w3 = h*w1 + (1-h)*w2h... mixing parameter, 0<=h<=1w1... exposure vector of a mean-variance efficient portfolio 1w2... exposure vector of a mean-variance efficient portfolio 2w3... exposure vector of a resulting portfolio 3, which will always be mean-variance efficientMy question: What is the shortest, most elegant way to proof this theorem mathematically?Greetings,Andi
 
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Shortest Proof Mean-Variance Efficiency

September 29th, 2014, 1:10 pm

You cannot prove: It's not true.You probably mean: mixing efficient Portfolio + risk-free investment. But, the mixture is not on the efficient frontier.
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Shortest Proof Mean-Variance Efficiency

September 29th, 2014, 4:26 pm

If you assume "unconstrained portfolio weights" for risky assets then it is true; i.e. sum of weights =1 but no constraint on the individual weights. (How realistic that is is another matter, it abstracts from collateral and borrowing/lending issues). I think the proof is in an early Fischer Black paper that I don't have handy at the moment
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Shortest Proof Mean-Variance Efficiency

October 9th, 2014, 11:14 am

The proof is in Merton (1972) "An Analytical Derivation of the Efficient Portfolio Frontier", Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.Also have a look at Feldman and Reisman (2003) "Simple Construction of the Efficient Frontier", European Financial Management.