This assignment is designed to let you explore and evaluate a number of approaches to investment
portfolio optimisation, using live real-world data. The relevant URL for finding stock prices is:
https://au.finance.yahoo.com/ under the “Quote lookup” search.
In this assignment you will use asset return data for a period of 3 years to identify the optimum portfolio
by applying a range of optimisation methods. In each case you must determine the percentage (or
proportion) of the portfolio to invest in each of 10 assets, such that the percentages are non-negative and
sum to 100% (or 1).
SECTION 1. PRELIMINARY WORK (4 marks: Data acquisition + Classifications)
Choose five investments listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, one from each of the categories given in
the following table, to complete a set of 10 investments.