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A state-constrained differential game arising in optimal portfolio liquidation

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  • Alexander Schied
  • Tao Zhang

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We consider $n$ risk-averse agents who compete for liquidity in an Almgren--Chriss market impact model. Mathematically, this situation can be described by a Nash equilibrium for a certain linear-quadratic differential game with state constraints. The state constraints enter the problem as terminal boundary conditions for finite and infinite time horizons. We prove existence and uniqueness of Nash equilibria and give closed-form solutions in some special cases. We also analyze qualitative properties of the equilibrium strategies and provide corresponding financial interpretations.

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  • Alexander Schied & Tao Zhang, 2013. "A state-constrained differential game arising in optimal portfolio liquidation," Papers 1312.7360, arXiv.org, revised Jul 2015.
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    1. Saran Ahuja & George Papanicolaou & Weiluo Ren & Tzu-Wei Yang, 2016. "Limit order trading with a mean reverting reference price," Papers 1607.00454, arXiv.org, revised Nov 2016.
    2. Elias Strehle, 2016. "Are Order Anticipation Strategies Harmful? A Theoretical Approach," Papers 1609.00599, arXiv.org, revised Sep 2017.

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