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1 Jennifer Bender, PhD Vice President, Applied Research, Americas Optimization Analytics

2 © All rights reserved.  Role of constraints  Analyzing the impact of constraints on risk and return  Old and new  Ex-Ante and Ex-Post Analysis  Sensitivity 2

3 © All rights reserved.  Asset managers use constraints for a variety of reasons, including:  correct for overly large/small positions  limit exposure to certain sources of risk which are either undesirable or for which they have no information  achieve a certain risk profile 3

4 © All rights reserved.  And to:  lower trading costs  comply with institutional requirements, such as no-shorting  reduce influence of errors in input estimates  Constraints may impair performance 4

5 © All rights reserved.  Unconstrained problem:  Optimal portfolio: 5 Risk Return

6 © All rights reserved.  Constrained problem:  For each constraint i, we get the a shadow price,, which is the rate at which the portfolio utility increases as we relax the constraint. (These apply only for small changes)  The optimal constrained portfolio satisfies: 6

7 © All rights reserved.  Now, 7

8 © All rights reserved. 8 Active frontier without constraint Active frontier with constraint(s) Risk Alpha

9 © All rights reserved.  The constraint portfolio is the sum of individual constraint portfolios:  is the portfolio with the smallest risk per unit exposure to constraint i 9

10 © All rights reserved.  MSCI US Prime Market 750 Index is universe and benchmark (March 2008)  Alpha is based on Barra US Short-Term Model (USE3S) Earning Yield factor  Risk model = USE3S  Constraints  Long-Only  Size Factor Neutral  Budget (Holdings must sum to 1) 10

11 © All rights reserved. 11

12 © All rights reserved.  We can attribute return to the manager’s information and to the constraints:  Unconstrained portfolio:  Constraints: 12

13 © All rights reserved.  Risk Contributions:  Constraints: 13

14 © All rights reserved.  Constraints act in two ways: - To alter the risk and return without changing the information ratio - To add risk but no return 14

15 © All rights reserved.  The constrained portfolio = Information + Noise: 15  The information ratio is:

16 © All rights reserved.  New holdings decomposition: 16  Individual constraints:

17 © All rights reserved.  Constraints consume the risk budget 17 Original Method

18 © All rights reserved.  We can attribute a manager’s ex-post performance to the information and the constraints  Each period, we compute:  We compute average realized returns to the information and constraint portfolios  To determine the risk contribution from each source, we compute its empirical risk contribution. For example, 18

19 © All rights reserved.  MSCI US Prime Market 750 Index is universe and benchmark  Alpha is based on USE3S Earning Yield  Risk model = USE3S  Manager keeps active risk at 3% forecast active risk every month  Constraints  Long-Only  Neutral to Earnings Variability  Budget (Holdings must sum to 1)  Backtest period: January 2000 to December

20 © All rights reserved. 20 Ex-Ante Ex-Post

21 © All rights reserved. 21 Remove Long-only Constraints Remove Earnings Variability Constraint Was 2.52 Was 3.56Was Was Was 2.55 Was 1.75 Was 1.61

22 © All rights reserved.  We allow some shorting and reign in the industry bets 22

23 © All rights reserved.  As we relax constraint “i” by a little, : where  If the constraint portfolios have little covariance, mainly changes ! 23

24 © All rights reserved.  Constraints may force a manager to take unintended bets and incur risk that are unrelated to his information  Managers may want to know  Which constraints are the most “costly”?  What is the effect of constraint(s) on realized performance ?  We show how to analyze the impact of individual constraints on the ex-ante and ex-post risk and return of the portfolio 24

25 © All rights reserved.  Grinold, Richard and Kelly Easton (1998), “Attribution of Performance and Holdings,” in Worldwide Asset and Liability Modeling, eds. W.T. Ziemba, John M. Mulvey, Isaac Newton  Scherer, Bernd and Xiadong Xu (2007), “The Impact of Constraints on Value-Added,” The Journal of Portfolio Management,

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