Topics in Portfolio Choice: Qualitative Properties, Time Consistency and Investment Under Model Uncertainty
171 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2014
Date Written: October 10, 2013
The study of expected utility maximization in continuous-time stochastic market models dates back to the seminal work of Merton 1969 and has since been central to the area of Mathematical Finance. The associated stochastic optimization problems have been extensively studied. The problem formulation relies on two strong underlying assumptions: the ability to specify the underpinning market model and the knowledge of the investor’s risk preferences. However, neither of these inputs is easily available, if at all. Resulting issues have attracted continuous attention and prompted very active and diverse lines of research. This thesis seeks to contribute towards this literature and questions related to both of the above issues are studied. Specifically, we study the implications of certain qualitative properties of the utility function; we introduce, and study various aspects of, the notion of robust forward investment criteria; and we study the investment problem associated with risk- and ambiguity-averse preference criteria defined in terms of quasiconcave utility functionals.
Note: Thesis submitted for the degree of DPhil in Mathematics.
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