Friday, April 04, 2008

Variance and covariance of a weighted portfolio

You should not be reading this post; shoo, get a life.

Was fiddling with some equations on my flight from Shanghai and Tianjin, and the following came about. The stuff I found in the text was unsatisfactorily complicated and not generalised enough.

I think the most conceptually challenging part of the preceding definition of variance lies in the sudden appearance of the index j (this appears on line 5). A brief illustration follows, showing how the additional index is summoned:

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