Optimizing Optimization

Optimizing Optimization

The Next Generation of Optimization Applications and Theory

1st Edition - September 19, 2009

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  • Author: Stephen Satchell
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080959207

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The practical aspects of optimization rarely receive global, balanced examinations. Stephen Satchell’s nuanced assembly of technical presentations about optimization packages (by their developers) and about current optimization practice and theory (by academic researchers) makes available highly practical solutions to our post-liquidity bubble environment. The commercial chapters emphasize algorithmic elements without becoming sales pitches, and the academic chapters create context and explore development opportunities. Together they offer an incisive perspective that stretches toward new products, new techniques, and new answers in quantitative finance.

Key Features

  • Presents a unique "confrontation" between software engineers and academics
  • Highlights a global view of common optimization issues
  • Emphasizes the research and market challenges of optimization software while avoiding sales pitches
  • Accentuates real applications, not laboratory results


• Portfolio managers in buy-side firms (hedge funds, mutual funds, pension funds) and investment houses
• CTOs who make purchasing decisions for financial optimization software.
• Research staff at top quantitative investing companies like BGI and SSgA.
• Masters and PhD students in financial engineering programs worldwide.

Table of Contents

  • Optimizing Optimization
    Stephen Satchell

    Section 1: Practitioners and Products
    1. Robust Portfolio Optimization Using Second Order Cone Programming
    Fiona Kolbert and Laurence Wormald
    2. Novel Approaches to Portfolio Construction: Multiple Risk Models and Multi-Solution Generation
    Sebastian Ceria, Francis Margot, Anthony Renshaw, and Anureet Saxena
    3. Bitter Lessons Learned from Practical Optimization or A Holding Hand Through the Dark Valley of Infeasibility
    Daryl Roxburgh, Katja Scherer, and Tim Matthews
    4. The Windham Portfolio Advisor
    Mark Kritzman

    Section 2: Theory
    5. Modeling, Estimation, and Optimization of Equity Portfolios with Heavy-tailed Distributions
    Amira Biglova, Sergio Ortobelli, Svetlozar Rachev, and Frank J. Fabozzi
    6. Staying Ahead on Downside Risk
    Giuliano De Rossi
    7. Optimization and Portfolio Selection
    Hal Forsey and Frank Sortino
    8. Computing Optimal Mean/Downside Risk Frontiers: the Role of Ellipticity
    A.D. Hall and Stephen Satchell
    9. Portfolio Optimization with ‘Threshold Accepting’: A Practical Guide
    Manfred Gilli and Enrico Schumann
    10. Some Properties Averaging Simulated Optimization Methods
    J. Knight and Stephen Satchell
    11. Heuristic Portfolio Optimization: Bayesian Updating with the Johnson Family of Distributions
    Richard Louth
    12. More Than You Ever Wanted to Know about Conditional Value at Risk-Optimization
    Bernd Scherer

Product details

  • No. of pages: 328
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2009
  • Published: September 19, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080959207

About the Author

Stephen Satchell

Stephen Satchell is a Fellow of Trinity College, the Reader in Financial Econometrics at the University of Cambridge and Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College, City University Business School and University of Technology, Sydney. He provides consultancy for a range of city institutions in the broad area of quantitative finance. He has published papers in many journals and has a particular interest in risk.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant to financial institutions and Reader in Financial Econometrics at Trinity College, Cambridge, Stephen Satchell is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Asset Management and Derivatives, Use, Trading, and Regulation. He has edited or authored over 20 books on finance.

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