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Optimal Stopping of Active Portfolio Management

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  • Kyoung Jin Choi

    () (Department of Mathematics, KAIST, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

  • Hyeng Keun Koo

    () (School of Business Administration, Ajou University)

  • Do Young Kwak

    () (Department of Mathematics, KAIST)

Abstract

We study an investor¡¯s decision to switch from active portfolio management to passive management. This problem is mathematically modelled by a mixture of a consumption-portfolio selection problem and an optimal stopping problem. We assume that the investor has stochastic differential utility with ambiguity aversion and incurs utility loss from active portfolio management that can be avoided by switching to passive management, and show that she manages actively as long as her level of wealth is above a certain threshold. The threshold wealth level is shown to be an increasing function of both the coefficient of ambiguity aversion and the utility cost of active management.

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  • Kyoung Jin Choi & Hyeng Keun Koo & Do Young Kwak, 2004. "Optimal Stopping of Active Portfolio Management," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 5(1), pages 93-126, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cuf:journl:y:2004:v:5:i:1:p:93-126
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    1. Xiongfei Jian & Xun Li & Fahuai Yi, 2014. "Optimal Investment with Stopping in Finite Horizon," Papers 1406.6940, arXiv.org.
    2. repec:spr:fininn:v:3:y:2017:i:1:d:10.1186_s40854-017-0080-y is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Consumption-portfolio selection; Active management; Passive management; Discretionary stopping time; Recursive utility; Stochastic differential utility; Optimal switching; Ambiguity;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis

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