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Utilitarianism and fairness in portfolio positioning

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  • de Palma, André
  • Prigent, Jean-Luc

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The paper introduces the theory of optimal positioning of financial products. It is illustrated in the context of long-term intertemporal portfolio allocation and can be applied for example to asset allocation funds. We embed this problem in location theory: the portfolio is optimized within the investors'risk aversion dimension. For the CRRA utility functions, we compute explicitly the distance functions. For the first (utilitarian criterion), the average utility of the investors is maximized. For the second one (fairness criterion), the choice of portfolio is optimized so that the average monetary loss due to the lack of customization is minimized. Given the distribution of investors' risk aversion, we provide a solution method and an algorithm to optimally position standardized portfolio along one of these two criteria.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Banking & Finance.

Volume (Year): 32 (2008)
Issue (Month): 8 (August)
Pages: 1648-1660

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:32:y:2008:i:8:p:1648-1660

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Cited by:
  1. Fabrice Barthelemy & Jean-Luc Prigent, 2011. "Real Estate Portfolio Management : Optimization under Risk Aversion," THEMA Working Papers 2011-12, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.
  2. André De Palma & Nathalie Picard & Jean-Luc Prigent, 2009. "Prise en compte de l'attitude face au risque dans le cadre de la directive MiFID," Working Papers hal-00418892, HAL.
  3. Castaneda, Pablo & Rudolph, Heinz P., 2011. "Upgrading investment regulations in second pillar pension systems : a proposal for Colombia," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5775, The World Bank.
  4. André De Palma & Nathalie Picard & Jean-Luc Prigent, 2010. "Eliciting Utility for (Non)Expected Utility Preferences Using Invariance Transformations," Working Papers hal-00517726, HAL.

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