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Optimal Portfolio Choice for a Behavioural Investor in Continuous-Time Markets


  • Miklos Rasonyi
  • Andrea M. Rodrigues


The aim of this work consists in the study of the optimal investment strategy for a behavioural investor, whose preference towards risk is described by both a probability distortion and an S-shaped utility function. Within a continuous-time financial market framework and assuming that asset prices are modelled by semimartingales, we derive sufficient and necessary conditions for the well-posedness of the optimisation problem in the case of piecewise-power probability distortion and utility functions. Finally, under straightforwardly verifiable conditions, we further demonstrate the existence of an optimal strategy.

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  • Miklos Rasonyi & Andrea M. Rodrigues, 2012. "Optimal Portfolio Choice for a Behavioural Investor in Continuous-Time Markets," Papers 1202.0628,, revised Apr 2013.
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1202.0628

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    1. Huy N. Chau & Mikl'os R'asonyi, 2016. "Skorohod's representation theorem and optimal strategies for markets with frictions," Papers 1606.07311,, revised Apr 2017.
    2. Mikl'os R'asonyi & Jos'e Gregorio Rodr'iguez-Villarreal, 2015. "Optimal investment under behavioural criteria in incomplete diffusion market models," Papers 1501.01504,
    3. Mikl'os R'asonyi & Andrea Meireles Rodrigues, 2013. "Continuous-Time Portfolio Optimisation for a Behavioural Investor with Bounded Utility on Gains," Papers 1309.0362,, revised Mar 2014.
    4. Mikl'os R'asonyi & Andrea Meireles-Rodrigues, 2018. "On Utility Maximisation Under Model Uncertainty in Discrete-Time Markets," Papers 1801.06860,, revised Feb 2018.
    5. Miklos Rasonyi, 2014. "Optimal investment with bounded above utilities in discrete time markets," Papers 1409.2023,
    6. Mikl'os R'asonyi & Jos'e G. Rodr'iguez-Villarreal, 2014. "Optimal investment under behavioural criteria -- a dual approach," Papers 1405.3812,, revised Jun 2014.

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