FAQs

Constraining the number of assets

Unfortunately, cardinality constraints are not convex, making them difficult to implement.

However, we can treat it as a mixed-integer program and solve (provided you have access to a solver). or small problems with less than 1000 variables and constraints, you can use the community version of CPLEX: pip install cplex. In the below example, we limit the portfolio to at most 10 assets:

ef = EfficientFrontier(mu, S, solver=cp.CPLEX)
booleans = cp.Variable(len(ef.tickers), boolean=True)
ef.add_constraint(lambda x: x <= booleans)
ef.add_constraint(lambda x: cp.sum(booleans) <= 10)
ef.min_volatility()

This does not play well with max_sharpe, and needs to be modified for different bounds. See this issue for further discussion.

Tracking error

Tracking error can either be used as an objective (as described in General Efficient Frontier) or as a constraint. This is an example of adding a tracking error constraint:

from objective functions import ex_ante_tracking_error

benchmark_weights = ...  # benchmark

ef = EfficientFrontier(mu, S)
ef.add_constraint(ex_ante_tracking_error, cov_matrix=ef.cov_matrix,
                  benchmark_weights=benchmark_weights)
ef.min_volatility()