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Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 841627, 13 pages
Research Article

Time-Consistent Strategies for a Multiperiod Mean-Variance Portfolio Selection Problem

China Institute for Actuarial Science, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing 100081, China

Received 1 January 2013; Accepted 28 February 2013

Academic Editor: Francis T. K. Au

Copyright © 2013 Huiling Wu. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


It remained prevalent in the past years to obtain the precommitment strategies for Markowitz's mean-variance portfolio optimization problems, but not much is known about their time-consistent strategies. This paper takes a step to investigate the time-consistent Nash equilibrium strategies for a multiperiod mean-variance portfolio selection problem. Under the assumption that the risk aversion is, respectively, a constant and a function of current wealth level, we obtain the explicit expressions for the time-consistent Nash equilibrium strategy and the equilibrium value function. Many interesting properties of the time-consistent results are identified through numerical sensitivity analysis and by comparing them with the classical pre-commitment solutions.