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Best portfolio insurance for long-term investment strategies in realistic conditions

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  • Pézier, Jacques
  • Scheller, Johanna

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Constant proportion portfolio insurance (CPPI) strategies implemented in continuous time on asset prices following geometric Brownian processes are expected utility maximising for investors with HARA utilities. But, in reality, these strategies are implemented in discrete time and asset prices might jump. We show that under these more realistic circumstances, optimal CPPI strategies are still superior to optimal option based portfolio insurance (OBPI) strategies. The effects of discrete replication and jumps on optimal strategy parameters and certainty equivalent returns (CER) are examined by simulation and turn out to be minor in typical circumstances. Hence the much discussed gap risks are unimportant for investors in both portfolio insurance strategies and comparable for insurers of the gap risks.

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  • Pézier, Jacques & Scheller, Johanna, 2013. "Best portfolio insurance for long-term investment strategies in realistic conditions," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 52(2), pages 263-274.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:insuma:v:52:y:2013:i:2:p:263-274
    DOI: 10.1016/j.insmatheco.2013.01.001
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    Keywords

    Capital guarantee products; Constant proportion portfolio insurance; Option based portfolio insurance; Pension funds; Jump processes; Time-changed Brownian motion; Dynamic replication in discrete time; Utility theory; Certainty equivalent return;
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    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G17 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Financial Forecasting and Simulation

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