Portfolio Selection and Asset Pricing

  • Shouyang Wang
  • Yusen Xia

Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 514)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Shouyang Wang, Yusen Xia
    Pages 1-22
  3. Shouyang Wang, Yusen Xia
    Pages 105-127
  4. Shouyang Wang, Yusen Xia
    Pages 145-162
  5. Shouyang Wang, Yusen Xia
    Pages 163-175
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 177-200

About this book


In our daily life, almost every family owns a portfolio of assets. This portfolio could contain real assets such as a car, or a house, as well as financial assets such as stocks, bonds or futures. Portfolio theory deals with how to form a satisfied portfolio among an enormous number of assets. Originally proposed by H. Markowtiz in 1952, the mean-variance methodology for portfolio optimization has been central to the research activities in this area and has served as a basis for the development of modem financial theory during the past four decades. Follow-on work with this approach has born much fruit for this field of study. Among all those research fruits, the most important is the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) proposed by Sharpe in 1964. This model greatly simplifies the input for portfolio selection and makes the mean-variance methodology into a practical application. Consequently, lots of models were proposed to price the capital assets. In this book, some of the most important progresses in portfolio theory are surveyed and a few new models for portfolio selection are presented. Models for asset pricing are illustrated and the empirical tests of CAPM for China's stock markets are made. The first chapter surveys ideas and principles of modeling the investment decision process of economic agents. It starts with the Markowitz criteria of formulating return and risk as mean and variance and then looks into other related criteria which are based on probability assumptions on future prices of securities.


Capital Asset Pricing Empirical Test Financial Optimization Funds Investment Portfolio Selection

Authors and affiliations

  • Shouyang Wang
    • 1
  • Yusen Xia
    • 2
  1. 1.Academy of Mathematics and Systems SciencesChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.McCombs School of BusinessUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-42915-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-55934-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8442
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-9957
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