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A Benchmark Approach to Portfolio Optimization under Partial Information

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  • Eckhard Platen

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  • Wolfgang Runggaldier

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This paper proposes a filtering methodology for portfolio optimization when some factors of the underlying model are only partially observed. The level of information is given by the observed quantities that are here supposed to be the primary securities and empirical log-price covariations. For a given level of information we determine the growth optimal portfolio, identify locally optimal portfolios that are located on a corresponding Markowitz efficient frontier and present an approach for expected utility maximization. We also present an expected utility indifference pricing approach under partial information for the pricing of nonreplicable contracts. This results in a real world pricing formula under partial information that turns out to be independent of the subjective utility of the investor and for which an equivalent risk neutral probability measure need not exist.
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  • Eckhard Platen & Wolfgang Runggaldier, 2007. "A Benchmark Approach to Portfolio Optimization under Partial Information," Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, Springer;Japanese Association of Financial Economics and Engineering, vol. 14(1), pages 25-43, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:apfinm:v:14:y:2007:i:1:p:25-43
    DOI: 10.1007/s10690-007-9045-x
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    1. Ke Du & Eckhard Platen, 2011. "Three-Benchmarked Risk Minimization for Jump Diffusion Markets," Research Paper Series 296, Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.
    2. Claudio Fontana & Wolfgang J. Runggaldier, 2012. "Diffusion-based models for financial markets without martingale measures," Papers 1209.4449, arXiv.org, revised Feb 2013.
    3. Kazufumi Fujimoto & Hideo Nagai & Wolfgang Runggaldier, 2014. "Expected Log-Utility Maximization Under Incomplete Information and with Cox-Process Observations," Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, Springer;Japanese Association of Financial Economics and Engineering, vol. 21(1), pages 35-66, March.

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    Keywords

    Portfolio optimization; Partial information; Filtering; Growth optimal portfolio; Expected utility maximization; Utility indifference pricing; Real world pricing formula; G10; G13; Primary 90A12; Secondary 60G30; 62P20;

    JEL classification:

    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing

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