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Dynamic hedging of conditional value-at-risk

  • Melnikov, Alexander
  • Smirnov, Ivan
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    In this paper, the problem of partial hedging is studied by constructing hedging strategies that minimize conditional value-at-risk (CVaR) of the portfolio. Two dual versions of the problem are considered: minimization of CVaR with the initial wealth bounded from above, and minimization of hedging costs subject to a CVaR constraint. The Neyman–Pearson lemma approach is used to deduce semi-explicit solutions. Our results are illustrated by constructing CVaR-efficient hedging strategies for a call option in the Black–Scholes model and also for an embedded call option in an equity-linked life insurance contract.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Insurance: Mathematics and Economics.

    Volume (Year): 51 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 182-190

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:insuma:v:51:y:2012:i:1:p:182-190
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