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Portfolio Optimization With Stochastic Dominance Constraints

  • Darinka Dentcheva

    (Stevens Institute of Technology)

  • Andrzej Ruszczynski

    (Rutgers University)

We consider the problem of constructing a portfolio of finitely many assets whose returns are described by a discrete joint distribution. We propose a new portfolio optimization model involving stochastic dominance constraints on the portfolio return. We develop optimality and duality theory for these models. We construct equivalent optimization models with utility functions. Numerical illustration is provided.

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Date of creation: 19 Feb 2004
Date of revision: 02 Mar 2006
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpfi:0402016
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