Generation of Option-Like Investment Profiles in Open-Ended Funds

17 Pages Posted: 22 May 2020 Last revised: 31 Oct 2020

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Nicolas Gaussel

Metori Capital Management; Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Benjamin Bruder

Lyxor Asset Management

Date Written: April 27, 2020


Most of the financial litterature on optimal investment assumes that there exists both an initial and a final date between which the investment policy has to made optimal.. In practice, however, fund managers does not really have a starting point nor a final point at which the efficiency of their strategy can be assessed. The aim of this paper to explore the optimisation program of an open ended fund manager. Our contribution is twofold.

First we introduce an endogenous reference level process which replaces the traditional "initial value". This allows us to derive new state variables. Those state variables, which can be interpreted as averaged past returns, are well suited to formulate open-ended investment issues.

Second, combining the above with a random investment time, we formulate and solve the problem of how a wealth process can be made as close as possible to an option profile in an open-ended framework. In the risk-neutral limit, the result is obtained as the solution of an ODE. Some simulations illustrate the practical effectiveness of our approach.

Keywords: Open-ended fund, optimal portfolio, random horizon, time-invariant, turnpike theorem, option, portfolio theory

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G20

Suggested Citation

Gaussel, Nicolas and Bruder, Benjamin, Generation of Option-Like Investment Profiles in Open-Ended Funds (April 27, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Nicolas Gaussel (Contact Author)

Metori Capital Management ( email )

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Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne ( email )

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Benjamin Bruder

Lyxor Asset Management ( email )


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