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Portfolio Selection with Transaction Costs and Default Risk

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I propose a simple consumption/investment problem with transaction costs and default risk. When default occurs, I assume the value of the risky asset drops to zero and the investor receives the terminal wealth only in the form of the other (riskless) security. I show that default risk can generate a first-order effect on the investor’s asset allocation. On the contrary, the liquidity premium is one order of magnitude smaller than the transaction costs, implying that the additional source of risk determined by the possibility of default is not able to generate a first-order effect on asset pricing.

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  • Giovanni W. Puopolo, 2015. "Portfolio Selection with Transaction Costs and Default Risk," CSEF Working Papers 414, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
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    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
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