Robust state-dependent mean-variance portfolio selection: a closed-loop approach
31 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2019 Last revised: 2 Jul 2021
Date Written: June 10, 2021
This paper studies a class of robust mean--variance portfolio selection problems with state-dependent risk aversion. Model uncertainty, in the sense of considering alternative dominated models, is introduced to the problem to reflect the investor's uncertainty-averse preference. To characterise the robust portfolios, we consider closed-loop equilibrium control and spike variation approaches. Moreover, we show that a closed-loop equilibrium strategy exists and is unique under some technical conditions. This partially addresses open problems left in Björk et al. (Finance Stoch. 21:331--360, 2017) and Pun (Automatica 94:249--257, 2018). By using a necessary and sufficient condition for the equilibrium, we manage to derive the analytical form of the equilibrium strategy via the unique solution to a nonlinear ordinary differential equation system. To validate the proposed closed-loop control framework, we show that when there is no uncertainty, our equilibrium strategy is reduced to the strategy in Björk et al. (Math. Finance 24:1--24, 2014), which cannot be deduced under the open-loop control framework.
Keywords: Closed-loop control, robust mean--variance portfolio selection, state-dependence, time-inconsistency, model uncertainty
JEL Classification: C72, C73, D81, G11
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