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Information and optimal investment in defaultable assets

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  • Giulia Di Nunno
  • Steffen Sjursen
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    We study optimal investment in an asset subject to risk of default for investors that rely on different levels of information. The price dynamics can include noises both from a Wiener process and a Poisson random measure with infinite activity. The default events are modelled via a counting process in line with large part of the literature in credit risk. In order to deal with both cases of inside and partial information we consider the framework of the anticipating calculus of forward integration. This does not require a priori assumptions typical of the framework of enlargement of filtrations. We find necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a locally maximizing portfolio of the expected utility at terminal time. We consider a large class of utility functions. In addition we show that the existence of the solution implies the semi-martingale property of the noises driving the stock. Some discussion on unicity of the maxima is included.

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    1. Delia Coculescu & Monique Jeanblanc & Ashkan Nikeghbali, 2012. "Default times, no-arbitrage conditions and changes of probability measures," Finance and Stochastics, Springer, Springer, vol. 16(3), pages 513-535, July.
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