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Market viability and martingale measures under partial information


  • Claudio Fontana
  • Bernt {O}ksendal
  • Agn`es Sulem


We consider a financial market model with a single risky asset whose price process evolves according to a general jump-diffusion with locally bounded coefficients and where market participants have only access to a partial information flow. For any utility function, we prove that the partial information financial market is locally viable, in the sense that the optimal portfolio problem has a solution up to a stopping time, if and only if the (normalised) marginal utility of the terminal wealth generates a partial information equivalent martingale measure (PIEMM). This equivalence result is proved in a constructive way by relying on maximum principles for stochastic control problems under partial information. We then characterize a global notion of market viability in terms of partial information local martingale deflators (PILMDs). We illustrate our results by means of a simple example.

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  • Claudio Fontana & Bernt {O}ksendal & Agn`es Sulem, 2013. "Market viability and martingale measures under partial information," Papers 1302.4254,, revised Oct 2013.
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1302.4254

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