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Comonotonic Approximations for Optimal Portfolio Selection Problems


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  • J. Dhaene
  • S. Vanduffel
  • M. J. Goovaerts
  • R. Kaas
  • D. Vyncke


We investigate multiperiod portfolio selection problems in a Black and Scholes type market where a basket of 1 riskfree and "m" risky securities are traded continuously. We look for the optimal allocation of wealth within the class of "constant mix" portfolios. First, we consider the portfolio selection problem of a decision maker who invests money at predetermined points in time in order to obtain a target capital at the end of the time period under consideration. A second problem concerns a decision maker who invests some amount of money (the initial wealth or provision) in order to be able to fullfil a series of future consumptions or payment obligations. Several optimality criteria and their interpretation within Yaari's dual theory of choice under risk are presented. For both selection problems, we propose accurate approximations based on the concept of comonotonicity, as studied in Dhaene et al. (2002 a,b). Our analytical approach avoids simulation, and hence reduces the computing effort drastically. Copyright The Journal of Risk and Insurance.

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Article provided by The American Risk and Insurance Association in its journal The Journal of Risk and Insurance.

Volume (Year): 72 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 253-300

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jrinsu:v:72:y:2005:i:2:p:253-300

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