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Utility Maximization With Random Horizon: A Bsde Approach



    () (Université d’Évry-Val-d’Essonne, LaMME UMR CNRS 8071, IBGBI, 23 Boulevard de France, 91037 Evry Cedex, France)


    () (Université Paris Dauphine, CEREMADE UMR CNRS 7534, Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, 75775 Paris Cedex 16, France)


    () (Université Paris Dauphine, CEREMADE UMR CNRS 7534, Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, 75775 Paris Cedex 16, France)


    () (INSA, Département GMM, IMT UMR CNRS 5219, Université de Toulouse, 135 Avenue de Rangueil, F-31077 Toulouse Cedex 4, France)


In this paper, we study a utility maximization problem with random horizon and reduce it to the analysis of a specific backward stochastic differential equation (BSDE), which we call BSDE with singular coefficients, when the support of the default time is assumed to be bounded. We prove existence and uniqueness of the solution for the equation under interest. Our results are illustrated by numerical simulations.

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  • Monique Jeanblanc & Thibaut Mastrolia & Dylan Possamaï & Anthony Réveillac, 2015. "Utility Maximization With Random Horizon: A Bsde Approach," International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance (IJTAF), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 18(07), pages 1-43, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijtafx:v:18:y:2015:i:07:n:s0219024915500454
    DOI: 10.1142/S0219024915500454

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    1. Tahir Choulli & Sina Yansori, 2018. "Log-optimal portfolio and num\'eraire portfolio under random horizon," Papers 1810.12762,
    2. Tahir Choulli & Sina Yansori, 2018. "Explicit description of all deflators for markets under random horizon," Papers 1803.10128,, revised Oct 2018.


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