Deep Hedging: Hedging Derivatives Under Generic Market Frictions Using Reinforcement Learning
14 Pages Posted: 30 May 2019 Last revised: 8 Aug 2022
Date Written: March 19, 2019
This article discusses a new application of reinforcement learning: to the problem of hedging a portfolio of “over-the-counter” derivatives under under market frictions such as trading costs and liquidity constraints. It is an extended version of our recent work https://www.ssrn.com/abstract=3120710, here using notation more common in the machine learning literature.
The objective is to maximize a non-linear risk-adjusted return function by trading in liquid hedging instruments such as equities or listed options. The approach presented here is the first efficient and model-independent algorithm which can be used for such problems at scale.
There are now some code examples on GitHub.
Keywords: Reinforcement Learning, Imperfect Hedging, Derivatives Pricing, Derivatives Hedging, Deep Learning
JEL Classification: C61, C58
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