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Optimal Control and Hedging of Operations in the Presence of Financial Markets


  • René Caldentey

    () (Stern School of Business, New York University, 44 West Fourth Street, New York, New York 10012)

  • Martin Haugh

    () (Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Columbia University, 331 S.W. Mudd Building, 500 West 120th Street, New York, New York 10027-6902)


We consider the problem of dynamically hedging the profits of a corporation when these profits are correlated with returns in the financial markets. In particular, we consider the general problem of simultaneously optimizing over both the operating policy and the hedging strategy of the corporation. We discuss how different informational assumptions give rise to different types of hedging and solution techniques. Finally, we solve some problems commonly encountered in operations management to demonstrate the methodology.

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  • René Caldentey & Martin Haugh, 2006. "Optimal Control and Hedging of Operations in the Presence of Financial Markets," Mathematics of Operations Research, INFORMS, vol. 31(2), pages 285-304, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormoor:v:31:y:2006:i:2:p:285-304
    DOI: 10.1287/moor.1050.0179

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