Efficient Portfolio That Maximizes Sharpe Ratio

The Sharpe ratio is defined as the ratio

μ(x)r0(x)

where xRn and r0 is the risk-free rate (μ and Σ proxies for portfolio return and risk). For more information, see Portfolio Optimization Theory.

Portfolios that maximize the Sharpe ratio are portfolios on the efficient frontier that satisfy several theoretical conditions in finance. For example, such portfolios are called tangency portfolios since the tangent line from the risk-free rate to the efficient frontier taps the efficient frontier at portfolios that maximize the Sharpe ratio.

To obtain efficient portfolios that maximizes the Sharpe ratio, the estimateMaxSharpeRatio function accepts a Portfolio object and obtains efficient portfolios that maximize the Sharpe Ratio.

Suppose that you have a universe with four risky assets and a riskless asset and you want to obtain a portfolio that maximizes the Sharpe ratio, where, in this example, r0 is the return for the riskless asset.

r0 = 0.03;
m = [ 0.05; 0.1; 0.12; 0.18 ];
C = [ 0.0064 0.00408 0.00192 0;
      0.00408 0.0289 0.0204 0.0119;
      0.00192 0.0204 0.0576 0.0336;
      0 0.0119 0.0336 0.1225 ];
 
p = Portfolio('RiskFreeRate', r0);
p = setAssetMoments(p, m, C);
p = setDefaultConstraints(p);
pwgt = estimateMaxSharpeRatio(p);

display(pwgt);
pwgt =

    0.4251
    0.2917
    0.0856
    0.1977

If you start with an initial portfolio, estimateMaxSharpeRatio also returns purchases and sales to get from your initial portfolio to the portfolio that maximizes the Sharpe ratio. For example, given an initial portfolio in pwgt0, you can obtain purchases and sales from the previous example:

pwgt0 = [ 0.3; 0.3; 0.2; 0.1 ];
p = setInitPort(p, pwgt0);
[pwgt, pbuy, psell] = estimateMaxSharpeRatio(p);

display(pwgt);
display(pbuy);
display(psell);
pwgt =

    0.4251
    0.2917
    0.0856
    0.1977


pbuy =

    0.1251
         0
         0
    0.0977


psell =

         0
    0.0083
    0.1144
         0
If you do not specify an initial portfolio, the purchase and sale weights assume that you initial portfolio is 0.

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