Option hedging for semimartingales
We consider a general stochastic model of frictionless continuous trading. The price process is a semimartingale and the model is incomplete. Our objective is to hedge contingent claims by using trading strategies with a small riskiness. To this end, we introduce a notion of local R-minimality and show its equivalence to a new kind of stochastic optimality equation. This equation is solved by a Girsanov transformation to a minimal equivalent martingale measure. We prove existence and uniqueness of the solution, and we provide several examples. Our approach contains previous treatments of option trading as special cases.
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Volume (Year): 37 (1991)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
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