International Journal of Stochastic Analysis

International Journal of Stochastic Analysis / 2010 / Article

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Volume 2010 |Article ID 697257 |

Lin Zhao, "Portfolio Selection with Jumps under Regime Switching", International Journal of Stochastic Analysis, vol. 2010, Article ID 697257, 22 pages, 2010.

Portfolio Selection with Jumps under Regime Switching

Academic Editor: Hideo Nagai
Received23 Feb 2010
Accepted10 Jun 2010
Published28 Jul 2010


We investigate a continuous-time version of the mean-variance portfolio selection model with jumps under regime switching. The portfolio selection is proposed and analyzed for a market consisting of one bank account and multiple stocks. The random regime switching is assumed to be independent of the underlying Brownian motion and jump processes. A Markov chain modulated diffusion formulation is employed to model the problem.

1. Introduction

The jump diffusion process has come to play an important role in many branches of science and industry. In their book [1], Øksendal and Sulem have studied the optimal control, optimal stopping, and impulse control for jump diffusion processes. In mathematical finance theory, many researchers have developed option pricing theory, for example, Merton [2] was the first to use the jump processes to describe the stock dynamics, and Bardhan and Chao [3] were amongst the first authors to consider market completeness in a discontinuous model. The jump diffusion models have been discussed by Chan [4], Föllmer and Schweizer [5], El Karoui and Quenez [6], Henderson and Hobson [7], and Merculio and Runggaldier [8], to name a few.

On the other hand, regime-switching models have been widely used for price processes of risky assets. For example, in [9] the optimal stopping problem for the perpetual American put has been considered, and the finite expiry American put and barrier options have been priced. The asset allocation has been discussed in [10], and Elliott et al. [11] have investigated volatility problems. Regime-switching models with a Markov-modulated asset have already been applied to option pricing in [1214] and references therein. Moreover, Markowitz's mean-variance portfolio selection with regime switching has been studied by Yin and Zhou [15], Zhou and Yin [16], and Zhou and Li [17].

Portfolio selection is an important topic in finance; multiperiod mean-variance portfolio selection has been studied by, for example, Samuelson [18], Hakansson [19], and Pliska [20] among others. Continuous-time mean-variance hedging problems were attacked by Duffie and Richardson [21] and Schweizer [22] where optimal dynamic strategies were derived, based on the projection theorem, to hedge contingent claims in incomplete markets.

In this paper, we will extend the results of Yin and Zhou [15] to SDEs with jumps under regime switching. After dealing with the difficulty from the jump processes, we obtain similar results to those of Yin and Zhou [15].

2. SDEs under Regime Switching with Jumps

Throughout this paper, let be a fixed complete probability space on which it is defined a standard -dimensional Brownian motion and a continuous-time stationary Markov chain taking value in a finite state space . Let be as -dimensional Poisson process and denote the compensated Poisson process by where , , are independent -dimensional Poisson random measures with characteristic measure , coming from independent -dimensional Poisson point processes. We assume that , and are independent. The Markov chain has a generator given by where . Here is the transition rate from to if while and stationary transition probabilities Define . Let denote the Euclidean norm as well as the matrix trace norm and the transpose of any vector or matrix . We denote by the set of all -valued, measurable stochastic processes adapted to , such that .

Consider a market in which assets are traded continuously. One of the assets is a bank account whose price is subject to the following stochastic ordinary differential equation: where , are given as the interest rate process corresponding to different market modes. The other assets are stocks whose price processes , , satisfy the following system of stochastic differential equations (SDEs): where for each , , , is the appreciation rate process, and are adapted processes such that the integrals exist. And each column of the matrix depends on only through the th coordinate , that is,

Remark 2.1. Generally speaking, one uses noncompensated Poisson processes in a jump diffusion model (see Kushner [23]). However, we use compensated Poisson processes in (2.6) instead of using noncompensated Poisson processes, this is because firstly, using relationship (2.1) we can easily transform a jump diffusion model driven by noncompensated Poisson processes into a jump diffusion model driven by compensated Poisson processes; secondly, using compensated Poisson processes we can keep the Riccati Equation (4.2) similar to that of a diffusion model without jump processes, and then in (4.3) has a financial interpretation.

Define the volatility matrix, for each , where

We assume throughout this paper that the following nondegeneracy condition: is satisfied for some . We also assume that all the functions , , and , are measurable and uniformly bounded in .

Suppose that the initial market mode . Consider an agent with an initial wealth . These initial conditions are fixed throughout the paper. Denote by the total wealth of the agent at time . Assume that the trading of shares takes place continuously and that transaction cost and consumptions are not considered. Suppose the right portfolio exists, where is the money invested in the bond, and is the money invested in the th stock. Then where is the number of bond units bought by the investor, and is the amount of units for the th stock. We call the wealth process for this investor in the market. Now let us derive intuitively the stochastic differential equation (SDE) for the wealth process as follows. Suppose the portfolio is self-financed, that is, in a short time the investor does not put in or withdraw any money from the market. Let the money change in the market due to the market own performance, that is, self-finance produces Now substituting (2.5) and (2.6) into the above equation, after a simple calculation we arrive at where which we call a portfolio of the agent. And is the total market value of the agent's wealth in the th asset, , at time .

Setting we can rewrite the wealth equation (2.13) as

Definition 2.2. A portfolio is said to be admissible if and the SDE (2.15) has a unique solution corresponding to . In this case, we refer to as an admissible (wealth, portfolio) pair.

Remark 2.3. Most works in the literature define a portfolio, say , as the fractions of wealth allocated to different stocks. That is,

With this definition, (2.15) can be rewritten as It is well known that this equation has a unique solution (see [1, page 10, Theorem ]. We can use the same method in [18, Example  , page  8] to show positivity of the solution of (2.17) if the initial wealth is positive and A wealth process with possible zero or negative values is sensible at least for some circumstances. The nonnegativity of wealth process is better imposed as an additional constraint, rather than as a built-in feature. In our formulation, a portfolio is well defined even if the wealth is zero or negative, and the nonnegativity of the wealth could be a constraint.

The agent's objective is to find an admissible portfolio among all the admissible portfolios whose expected terminal wealth is for some given , so that the risk measured by the variance of the terminal wealth is minimized. Finding such a portfolio is referred to as the mean-variance portfolio selection problem. Specifically, we have the following formulation.

Definition 2.4. The mean-variance portfolio selection is a constrained stochastic optimization problem, parameterized by :

Moreover, the problem is called feasible if there is at least one portfolio satisfying all the constraints. The problem is called finite if it is feasible and the infimum of is finite. Finally, an optimal portfolio to the above problem, if it ever exists, is called an efficient portfolio corresponding to ; the corresponding and are interchangeably called an efficient point, where denotes the standard deviation of . The set of all the efficient points is called the efficient frontier.

For more details of mean-variance portfolio selection see [15, 16], We need more notations; let be consecutive, left closed, right open intervals of the real line each having length such that For future use, we cite the generalized Itô lemma (see [1, 24, 25]) as the following lemma.

Lemma 2.5. Given a -dimensional process satisfying where and satisfy Lipschitz condition with appropriate dimensions, each column of the matrix depends on only through the coordinate Let , one then has where where is a martingale measure, and is a martingale measure. And is a Poisson random measure with intensity , in which is the Lebesgue measure on

3. Feasibility

Since the problem (2.19) involves a terminal constraint , in this section, we derive conditions under which the problem is at least feasible. First of all, the following generalized Itô lemma [25] for Markov-modulated processes is useful.

The associated wealth process satisfies with its expected terminal wealth

Lemma 3.1. Let , , be the solutions to the following system of linear ordinary differential equations (ODEs): Then the mean-variance problem (2.19) is feasible for every if and only if

Proof. To prove the “if" part, construct a family of admissible portfolios for where Assume that is the solution of (2.15). Let , where satisfies (3.1), and is the solution to the following equation: Therefore, problem (2.19) is feasible for every if there exists such that . Equivalently, (2.19) is feasible for every if . Applying the generalized Itô formula (Lemma 2.5) to , we have Integrating from to , taking expectation, and using (3.5), we obtain Consequently, if (3.4) holds.
Conversely, suppose that problem (2.19) is feasible for every . Then for each , there is an admissible portfolio so that . However, we can always decompose where satisfies (3.6). This leads to . However, is independent of ; thus it is necessary that there is a with . It follows then from (3.8) that (3.4) is valid.

Theorem 3.2. The mean-variance problem (2.19) is feasible for every if and only if

Proof. By virtue of Lemma (3.1), it suffices to prove that ,. To this end, note that (3.3) can be rewritten as Treating this as a system of terminal-valued ODEs, a variation-of-constant formula yields Construct a sequence (known as the Picard sequence) as follows: Noting that for all , we have On the other hand, it is well known that is the limit of the Picard sequence as . Thus . This proves the desired result.

Corollary 3.3. If (3.9) holds, then for any , an admissible portfolio that satisfies is given by where and are given by (3.2) and (3.4), respectively.

Proof. This is immediate from the proof of the “if" part of Lemma (3.1) Then one has

Corollary 3.4. If , then any admissible portfolio results in .

Proof. This is seen from the proof of the “only if" part of Lemma (3.1) since .

Remark 3.5. Condition (3.9) is very mild. For example, (3.9) holds as long as there is one stock whose appreciation-rate process is different from the interest-rate process at any market mode, which is obviously a practically reasonable assumption. On the other hand, if (3.9) fails, then Corollary (3.4) implies that the mean-variance problem (2.19) is feasible only if . This is pathological and trivial case that does not warrant further consideration. Therefore, from this point on we will assume that (3.9) holds or, equivalently, the mean-variance problem (2.19) is feasible for any .

Having addressed the issue of feasibility, we proceed with the study of optimality. The mean-variance problem (2.19) under consideration is a dynamic optimization problem with a constraint . To handle this constraint, we apply the Lagrange multiplier technique. Define

Our first goal is to solve the following unconstrained problem parameterized by the Lagrange multiplier : This turns out to be a Markov-modulated stochastic linear-quadratic optimal control problem, which will be solved in the next section.

4. Solution to the Unconstrained Problem

In this section we solve the unconstrained problem (3.19). Firstly define

Consider the following two systems of ODEs: The existence and uniqueness of solutions to the above two systems of equations are evident as both are linear with uniformly bounded coefficients.

Proposition 4.1. The solutions of (4.2) and (4.3) must satisfy and , , . Moreover, if for a fixed , , a.e., , then ,

Proof. The assertion can be proved in exactly the same way as that of ; see the proof of Theorem 3.2. Having proved the positivity of , one can then show that using the same argument because now .
To prove that , first note that the following system of ODEs: has the only solutions ,  , due to the uniqueness of solutions. Set which solves the following equations: A variation-of-constant formula leads to A similar trick using the construction of Picard's sequence yields that . In addition, , , if , a.e., . The desired result then follows from the fact that .

Remark 4.2. Equation (4.2) is a Riccati type equation that arises naturally in studying the stochastic LQ control problem (3.19) whereas (4.3) is used to handle the nonhomogeneous terms involved in (3.19); see the proof of Theorem 4.3. On the other hand, has a financial interpretation: for fixed , is a deterministic quantity representing the risk-adjusted discount factor at time when the market mode is (note that the interest rate itself is random).

Theorem 4.3. Problem (3.19) has an optimal feedback control Moreover, the corresponding optimal value is where with the transition probabilities given by (2.4).

Proof. Let be any admissible control and the corresponding state trajectory of (2.15). Applying the generalized Itô formula (Lemma 2.5) to we obtain where is defined as the right-hand side of (4.8). Integrating the above from to and taking expectations, we obtain Consequently, Since by Proposition (4.1), it follows immediately that the optimal feedback control is given by (4.8) and the optimal value is given by (4.9), provided that the corresponding equation (2.15) under the feedback control (4.8) has a solution. But under (4.8), the system (2.15) is a nonhomogeneous linear SDE with coefficients modulated by . Since all the coefficients of this linear equation are uniformly bounded and is independent of , the existence and uniqueness of the solution to the equation are straightforward based on a standard successive approximation scheme.
Finally, since and for all  , we must have . This completes the proof.

5. Efficient Frontier

In this section we proceed to derive the efficient frontier for the original mean-variance problem (2.19).

Theorem 5.1 (efficient portfolios and efficient frontier). Assume that (3.9) holds. Then one has Moreover, the efficient portfolio corresponding to , as a function of the time , the wealth level , and the market mode , is where Furthermore, the optimal value of , among all the wealth processes satisfying , is

Proof. By assumption (3.9) and Theorem 3.2, the mean-variance problem (2.19) is feasible for any . Moreover, using exactly the same approach in the proof of Theorem 4.3, one can show that problem (2.19) without the constraint must have a finite optimal value, hence so does the problem (2.19). Therefore, (2.19) is finite for any . Now we need to prove that is strictly convex in . We can easily get where . So, we obtain which proves is strictly convex in . that Affine space means the complement of points at infinity. It can also be viewed as a vector space whose operations are limited to those linear combinations whose coefficients sum to one. Since is strictly convex in and the constraint function is affine in , we can apply the well-known duality theorem (see [26, page 224, Theorem ]) to conclude that for any , the optimal value of (2.19) is