Portfolio benchmarking under drawdown constraint and stochastic sharpe ratio

Agarwal, A. and Sircar, R. (2018) Portfolio benchmarking under drawdown constraint and stochastic sharpe ratio. SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics, 9(2), pp. 435-464. (doi: 10.1137/16M1100861)

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We consider an investor who seeks to maximize her expected utility of wealth relative to a benchmark, or target over a finite time horizon, and under a portfolio drawdown constraint, in a market with local stochastic volatility. We propose a new investor objective paradigm which allows the investor to target the portfolio benchmark while obeying the constraint, both of which can be characterized in terms of the running maximum wealth process. In the absence of closed-form formulas for the value function and optimal portfolio strategy in the incomplete market models we consider, we obtain approximations for these quantities through the use of a coefficient expansion technique and nonlinear transformations. We utilize regularity properties of the risk tolerance function to numerically compute the estimates for our approximations. In order to achieve similar utility, compared to a constant volatility model, we illustrate that the investor must deploy a quite different portfolio strategy which depends on the current level of volatility.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Agarwal, Dr Ankush
Authors: Agarwal, A., and Sircar, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics
Publisher:Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematic
ISSN (Online):1945-497X
Published Online:12 April 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
First Published:First published in SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics 9(2):435-464
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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