Portfolio Optimization with Stochastic Volatilities and Constraints: An Application in High Dimension

Portfolio Optimization with Stochastic Volatilities and Constraints: An Application in High... In this paper we are interested in an investment problem with stochastic volatilities and portfolio constraints on amounts. We model the risky assets by jump diffusion processes and we consider an exponential utility function. The objective is to maximize the expected utility from the investor terminal wealth. The value function is known to be a viscosity solution of an integro-differential Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB in short) equation which could not be solved when the risky assets number exceeds three. Thanks to an exponential transformation, we reduce the nonlinearity of the HJB equation to a semilinear equation. We prove the existence of a smooth solution to the latter equation and we state a verification theorem which relates this solution to the value function. We present an example that shows the importance of this reduction for numerical study of the optimal portfolio. We then compute the optimal strategy of investment by solving the associated optimization problem. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Mathematics and Optimization Springer Journals

Portfolio Optimization with Stochastic Volatilities and Constraints: An Application in High Dimension

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 by Springer
Subject
Mathematics; Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control; Optimization; Systems Theory, Control; Mathematical and Computational Physics; Mathematical Methods in Physics; Numerical and Computational Methods
ISSN
0095-4616
eISSN
1432-0606
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00245-007-0896-3
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Abstract

In this paper we are interested in an investment problem with stochastic volatilities and portfolio constraints on amounts. We model the risky assets by jump diffusion processes and we consider an exponential utility function. The objective is to maximize the expected utility from the investor terminal wealth. The value function is known to be a viscosity solution of an integro-differential Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB in short) equation which could not be solved when the risky assets number exceeds three. Thanks to an exponential transformation, we reduce the nonlinearity of the HJB equation to a semilinear equation. We prove the existence of a smooth solution to the latter equation and we state a verification theorem which relates this solution to the value function. We present an example that shows the importance of this reduction for numerical study of the optimal portfolio. We then compute the optimal strategy of investment by solving the associated optimization problem.

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Applied Mathematics and OptimizationSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 1, 2007

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