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Building portfolios of stocks in the São Paulo Stock Exchange using Random Matrix Theory
Código: WPE – 270
Leonidas Sandoval Junior
Maria Kelly Venezuela
By using Random Matrix Theory, we build covariance matrices between stocks of the BM&F-Bovespa (Bolsa de Valores, Mercadorias e Futuros de S˜ao Paulo), which is cleaned of some of the noise due to the complex interactions between the many stocks and the finiteness of available data. We also use a regression model in order to remove the market effect due to the common movement of all stocks. These two procedures are then used to build stock portfolios based on Markowitz’s theory, trying to obtain better predictions of future risk based on past data. This is done for years of both low and high volatility of the Brazilian stock market, from 2004 to 2010.