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Correspondence between Lifetime Minimum Wealth and Utility of Consumption

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  • Erhan Bayraktar
  • Virginia R. Young

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We establish when the two problems of minimizing a function of lifetime minimum wealth and of maximizing utility of lifetime consumption result in the same optimal investment strategy on a given open interval $O$ in wealth space. To answer this question, we equate the two investment strategies and show that if the individual consumes at the same rate in both problems -- the consumption rate is a control in the problem of maximizing utility -- then the investment strategies are equal only when the consumption function is linear in wealth on $O$, a rather surprising result. It, then, follows that the corresponding investment strategy is also linear in wealth and the implied utility function exhibits hyperbolic absolute risk aversion.

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  • Erhan Bayraktar & Virginia R. Young, 2007. "Correspondence between Lifetime Minimum Wealth and Utility of Consumption," Papers math/0703820, arXiv.org.
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    1. Petrichev, Konstantin & Thorp, Susan, 2008. "The private value of public pensions," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(3), pages 1138-1145, June.
    2. Bayraktar, Erhan & Young, Virginia R., 2008. "Mutual fund theorems when minimizing the probability of lifetime ruin," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 5(2), pages 69-78, June.
    3. Bayraktar, Erhan & Young, Virginia R., 2016. "Optimally investing to reach a bequest goal," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(C), pages 1-10.
    4. Bayraktar, Erhan & Young, Virginia R., 2008. "Maximizing utility of consumption subject to a constraint on the probability of lifetime ruin," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 5(4), pages 204-212, December.
    5. Bayraktar, Erhan & Hu, Xueying & Young, Virginia R., 2011. "Minimizing the probability of lifetime ruin under stochastic volatility," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 194-206, September.
    6. Cohen, Asaf & Young, Virginia R., 2016. "Minimizing lifetime poverty with a penalty for bankruptcy," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(C), pages 156-167.
    7. Angoshtari, Bahman & Bayraktar, Erhan & Young, Virginia R., 2016. "Minimizing the probability of lifetime drawdown under constant consumption," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(C), pages 210-223.
    8. Erhan Bayraktar & Asaf Cohen, 2015. "Risk Sensitive Control of the Lifetime Ruin Problem," Papers 1503.05769, arXiv.org, revised Jul 2016.
    9. Erhan Bayraktar & Yuchong Zhang, 2014. "Minimizing the Probability of Lifetime Ruin Under Ambiguity Aversion," Papers 1402.1809, arXiv.org, revised Nov 2014.
    10. Erhan Bayraktar & Virginia Young, 2011. "Proving regularity of the minimal probability of ruin via a game of stopping and control," Finance and Stochastics, Springer, vol. 15(4), pages 785-818, December.
    11. Erhan Bayraktar & Virginia R. Young, 2008. "Minimizing the Probability of Ruin when Consumption is Ratcheted," Papers 0806.2358, arXiv.org.
    12. Nielsen, Peter Holm & Steffensen, Mogens, 2008. "Optimal investment and life insurance strategies under minimum and maximum constraints," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 43(1), pages 15-28, August.
    13. Bahman Angoshtari & Erhan Bayraktar & Virginia R. Young, 2015. "Optimal Investment to Minimize the Probability of Drawdown," Papers 1506.00166, arXiv.org, revised Feb 2016.
    14. Bayraktar, Erhan & Young, Virginia R., 2009. "Minimizing the lifetime shortfall or shortfall at death," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 44(3), pages 447-458, June.
    15. Asaf Cohen & Virginia R. Young, 2015. "Minimizing Lifetime Poverty with a Penalty for Bankruptcy," Papers 1509.01694, arXiv.org.

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    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis

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