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Optimal Investment with Transaction Costs and Stochastic Volatility

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  • Maxim Bichuch
  • Ronnie Sircar

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Two major financial market complexities are transaction costs and uncertain volatility, and we analyze their joint impact on the problem of portfolio optimization. When volatility is constant, the transaction costs optimal investment problem has a long history, especially in the use of asymptotic approximations when the cost is small. Under stochastic volatility, but with no transaction costs, the Merton problem under general utility functions can also be analyzed with asymptotic methods. Here, we look at the long-run growth rate problem when both complexities are present, using separation of time scales approximations. This leads to perturbation analysis of an eigenvalue problem. We find the first term in the asymptotic expansion in the time scale parameter, of the optimal long-term growth rate, and of the optimal strategy, for fixed small transaction costs.

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  • Maxim Bichuch & Ronnie Sircar, 2014. "Optimal Investment with Transaction Costs and Stochastic Volatility," Papers 1401.0562, arXiv.org, revised Aug 2014.
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    1. Filippo Passerini & Samuel E. Vazquez, 2015. "Optimal Trading with Alpha Predictors," Papers 1501.03756, arXiv.org, revised Jan 2015.

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