Doubly Regularized Portfolio with Risk Minimization


  • Weiwei Shen Columbia University
  • Jun Wang IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center
  • Shiqian Ma The Chinese University of Hong Kong



Portfolio Optimization, Risk Minimization, Structure Regularization


Due to recent empirical success, machine learning algorithms have drawn sufficient attention and are becoming important analysis tools in financial industry. In particular, as the core engine of many financial services such as private wealth and pension fund management, portfolio management calls for the application of those novel algorithms. Most of portfolio allocation strategies do not account for costs from market frictions such as transaction costs and capital gain taxes, as the complexity of sensible cost models often causes the induced problem intractable. In this paper, we propose a doubly regularized portfolio that provides a modest but effective solution to the above difficulty. Specifically, as all kinds of trading costs primarily root in large transaction volumes, to reduce volumes we synergistically combine two penalty terms with classic risk minimization models to ensure: (1) only a small set of assets are selected to invest in each period; (2) portfolios in consecutive trading periods are similar. To assess the new portfolio, we apply standard evaluation criteria and conduct extensive experiments on well-known benchmarks and market datasets. Compared with various state-of-the-art portfolios, the proposed portfolio demonstrates a superior performance of having both higher risk-adjusted returns and dramatically decreased transaction volumes.




How to Cite

Shen, W., Wang, J., & Ma, S. (2014). Doubly Regularized Portfolio with Risk Minimization. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 28(1).



Main Track: Machine Learning Applications