Mathematical Problems in Engineering

Volume 2014, Article ID 140140, 9 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/140140

## Continuous-Time Mean-Variance Asset-Liability Management with Hidden Markovian Regime Switching

Department of Economic and Trade, Guangdong University of Finance, Guangzhou 510521, China

Received 13 February 2014; Accepted 22 May 2014; Published 15 June 2014

Academic Editor: Piermarco Cannarsa

Copyright © 2014 Ling Zhang. 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.

#### Abstract

This paper considers a continuous-time mean-variance asset-liability management problem with incompletely observable information. An investor can only observe the prices of the asset and liability and the dynamics of the unobservable states of the underlying financial market is described by a hidden Markovian chain. The price of the risky asset is assumed to be governed by a hidden Markovian regime switching geometric Brownian motion and the liability is assumed to follow a hidden Markovian regime switching Brownian motion with drift, respectively. The appreciation rates of the risky asset and the liability are modulated by the hidden Markovian chain. By using the separation principle, the filtering-estimation problem and the mean-variance asset-liability management problem are discussed. The explicit expressions for the optimal asset-liability management strategy and the mean-variance efficient frontier are determined by using the stochastic maximum principle.

#### 1. Introduction

Liability has a significant impact on asset allocation for many asset management institutions, like pension fund, bank, and insurance company. Asset-liability management problem has been receiving more and more attention, and the past decade has witnessed the increasing research on the asset-liability management problem in the framework of mean-variance criterion presented by Markowitz [1]. Actually, the mean-variance asset-liability management problem is a portfolio optimization problem such that the expectation of the terminal surplus is maximized while the risk measured by the variance of the terminal surplus is minimized. Sharpe and Tint [2] first present a single-period mean-variance asset-liability management model and show that the optimal investment decision of a company should take its liabilities into account. Later, Kell and Müller [3] find that liabilities do have a significant effect on the efficient frontier. The role of liability has been studied by Leippold et al. [4] in a multiperiod setting by using the geometric approach and the embedding technique of Li and Ng [5]. Chiu and Li [6] generalize the mean-variance asset-liability management problem to a continuous-time setting and derive the analytical optimal portfolio strategy and the optimal initial funding ratio by using the stochastic LQ control. Xie and Li [7] consider the continuous-time mean-variance asset-liability management problem where the liability follows the Brownian motion with drift and derive the optimal strategy. Yi et al. [8] consider the impact of the uncertain exit time on the optimal asset-liability management strategy. Xie et al. [9] extend the model of Xie and Li [7] by assuming that the liability follows a geometric Brownian motion in a continuous-time incomplete market. Yao et al. [10] explore the effect of the endogenous liabilities in a financial market with only risky asset. The key assumption of the above mentioned papers is that the market parameters, such as the bank interest rate, the appreciation rate, and the volatility of the underlying assets and liabilities, are constants in the continuous-time setting and are an identical independent distribution in the discrete-time setting. However, from an economic practice perspective, it is more beneficial to develop an asset-liability management model that incorporates the stochastic evolution of the economic environment.

To catch the stochastic feature of the financial market, regime switching models have become prevalent in finance and economics over the last few years. The main feature of the regime switching models is that the states (or regimes) of the financial market are modeled by a Markovian chain and various parameters, such as the bank interest rate, the appreciation rates, and the volatilities of the underlying assets and liabilities, will be assigned different values under different market states. In view of the study of the mean-variance asset-liability management problem with Markovian regime switching, Chen et al. [11] extend the model of Xie et al. [9] by adding an independent Brownian motion in the evolution of the liability. They examine the feasibility of the asset-liability management problem in a continuous-time setting and derive the analytical optimal asset-liability management strategy by using the LQ control. By incorporating liability into the continuous-time mean-variance portfolio optimization problem in a Markovian regime switching market, Xie [12] derives the optimal asset-liability management strategy by using the LQ technique and Lagrange multiplier technique. Chen and Yang [13] consider a multiperiod asset-liability management problem in the Markovian regime switching market and derive the analytical optimal investment strategy. Wei et al. [14] explore the time consistent optimal strategy of the mean-variance asset-liability management problem.

In the existing literature on the mean-variance asset-liability management problem with Markovian regime switching, the states of the financial market are assumed to be completely observed at any time. Actually, an investor can only observe the prices of asset and liability rather than the whole information of the financial market. There still exist some states of the market that cannot be observed by the investor. In the financial market with incompletely observable states, hidden Markovian chain is the most frequently used model to describe the evolution of the unobservable market states. The portfolio optimization problem in the hidden Markovian regime switching financial market has been investigated by Sotomayor and Cadenillas [15], Çanakoğlu and Özekici [16], and Elliott et al. [17]. Comparing the existing literature, there is relatively little work on the mean-variance portfolio selection problem considering liability in the hidden Markovian regime switching financial market.

In this paper, a mean-variance asset-liability management problem is considered in a continuous-time hidden Markovian regime switching market with a risky asset and a risk-free asset. We assume that the dynamics of the unobservable market states follows a continuous-time finite-state hidden Markovian chain and the appreciation rates of the risky asset and the liability are modulated by the hidden Markovian chain. We suppose that the price of the risky asset is governed by a hidden Markovian regime switching geometric Brownian motion and the dynamics of the exogenous liability is described by a hidden Markovian regime switching Brownian motion with drift, respectively. We consider the situation that an investor wants to maximize the expectation of the terminal surplus of liability from wealth while minimizing the risk measured by the variance of the terminal surplus. By using the separation principle for filtering and control, the problem of parameters estimation and the mean-variance portfolio optimization problem are solved separately. The stochastic maximum principle is used to derive the explicit solution for the mean-variance portfolio optimization problem. And the mean-variance efficient frontier is also determined.

A brief outline of this paper is as follows. Section 2 presents the prices dynamics of the underlying assets and liability and describes the mean-variance asset-liability management problem in the hidden Markovian regime switching market. Section 3 demonstrates the use of the separation principle for filtering and control to separate filtering-estimation problem and the mean-variance asset-liability management problem. The optimal strategy of the auxiliary problem is derived in Section 4. The explicit optimal investment strategy and the efficient frontier for the mean-variance asset-liability management problem are presented in Section 5. Two special cases are given in Section 6. Section 7 gives some concluding remarks.

#### 2. Hidden Markovian Model with Liability

Suppose that there exist one risk-free asset and one risky asset in the financial market where these assets can be traded continuously over time within a finite-time horizon , where . We denote by the complete probability space equipped with the filtration and is a given two-dimensional standard Brownian motion defined on .

##### 2.1. The Evolution of the Unobservable Market States

Suppose that is a continuous-time stationary hidden Markovian process on with finite-state space , where and has the generator . Here, is a constant intensity representing the transition of process from state to state for each and satisfies for and . Since is a hidden Markovian chain, it means that the states of cannot be observed directly in the financial market. Following Elliott et al. [17], we assume that the dynamics of the hidden Markovian process satisfies the following semimartingale presentation: where is the initial unobservable market state at time and is an -valued martingale in the sense of the filtration generated by with respect to .

##### 2.2. The Prices Dynamics of Assets and Liability

We consider a financial market with one risk-free asset and one risky asset. Let denote the constant interest rate of the risk-free asset and let denote the price of the risk-free asset at timewhich is described by the following ordinary differential equation (ODE): The price of the risky asset at time is denoted by and the corresponding price process evolves as the following hidden Markovian-modulated stochastic differential equation (SDE): where is the appreciation rate of the risky asset at timewhen the state of the financial market at time is and is the constant volatility of the risky asset. Suppose that process is independent of the Brownian motion .

During the process of investment, the investor has to withdraw some money continuously to pay for liability. Let denote the accumulative exogenous liability at timeand the evolution of the liability process is governed by the following hidden Markovian-modulated stochastic differential equation (SDE): where is the appreciation rate of the liability at timewhen the state of the financial market at time is , is the constant volatility of this liability, and is a one-dimensional standard Brownian motion which is independent of and . Since the appreciation rates in (3) and (4) are modulated by the unobservable market states , we assume that , are unobservable to the investor. Actually, the Brownian motion and also cannot be observed by the investor. So, the investor can only obtain the price information of , , and and make the optimal investment decision just based on the observed price information up to that moment.

##### 2.3. Wealth Process

Suppose that the trading of assets occurs in a self-financing way (i.e., there is no consumption and there is no income) and there is no other transaction cost or fee. At each moment, the investor determines the money invested in the risky asset based on all of the observed information up to that moment. We denote by the amount invested in the risky asset at timeand by the net wealth of the investor at timecorresponding to . For notation simplicity, we suppress the superscript and write for in this paper. Let and denote the number of shares of the risk-free asset and the risky asset held by the investor at time, respectively. The and are the amount of money invested in the risky asset and the risk-free asset at time, respectively.

If the trading of assets occurs at time pointand there is no withdrawal of money during the time interval , then the increment of wealth at time is given by If there exists money withdrawal with the amount at time to pay for the liability, then (5) should be replaced by for . Letting , the dynamics of net wealth in a continuous-time analogue is described as follows: Substituting (2)–(4) into (7), the evolution of the net wealth process over time is specified as follows: where is the initial net wealth at time .

*Definition 1. *A portfolio strategy is called an admissible strategy if and (8) has a unique solution. We refer to as the set of the admissible strategy with the net initial wealthand the initial market state .

##### 2.4. Asset-Liability Management Problem

The objective of an investor is to find an optimal asset-liability management strategy such that the expected net terminal wealth of , , is maximized and the risk, measured by the variance of the net terminal wealth , is minimized. Then, the mean-variance asset-liability management problem can be described as follows: with representing the investor’s trade-off between the expected return and the risk.

An admissible strategy is called mean-variance efficient if there is no other admissible strategy such that and with at least one inequality holding strictly, where and are the terminal net wealth corresponding to the admissible strategy and . And the pair corresponding to the efficient strategyis called an efficient point. The set of all efficient points is called the efficient frontier.

Notice that , , , and are unobservable parameters in the evolution of the net wealth in problem (9). It means that the investor confronts an asset-liability management problem with incomplete observations. Following Elliott et al. [17], problem (9) can be decomposed into two separable problems: a filtering-estimation problem in which the investor infers the unobservable model parameters based on the observed information up to that moment and an optimization problem in which the investor uses the current estimates of the unobservable model parameters to determine the optimal asset-liability management strategy.

#### 3. Separation Principle

The separation principle is a significant technique to deal with the stochastic optimal control problem with incompletely observable information. As shown in Detemple [18, 19], Dothan and Feldman [20], and Gennote [21], according to the separation principle, the asset-liability management problem (9) can be decomposed into two separate problems: a filtering-estimation problem in which the investor estimates the current values of the unobservable parameters, and , by using the Kalman filtering method and an optimization problem in which the investor uses his current estimate and to make an optimal asset-liability management decision. Although the appreciation rates and are unknown, the separation principle assures that the asset-liability management problem (9) can be solved on the basis of its estimate values.

Let denote the joint observed information process. Let and denote the right continuous, complete filtration generated by the observed information process and the unobservable market states process , respectively. Then and summarize the structure of the observed market information and the hidden-market-state information, respectively. Furthermore, we denote by the full information of the financial market.

For any integrable -adapted process , let . We define an -adapted innovation process on the probability space which is given as follows: where and for each . Following Lipster and Shiryaev [22], the -augmentation of the natural filtration generated by coincides with the filtration . And the innovation process is a Brownian motion with respect to the investor’s information filtration . Correspondingly, the dynamics of the risky asset price in terms of can now be rewritten as and the dynamics of the liability with respect to can be rewritten as Furthermore, the dynamics of the net wealth process changes into

Notice that processes (11)–(13) are all -adapted, and is generated by the observable information of the assets and liability prices up to time. Since the investor has access to the price filtration , the asset-liability management problem with incompletely observable information (9) can now be transformed into the corresponding optimization problem with completely observable information. Then, the original mean-variance asset-liability management problem (9) can be transformed into the following optimization problem with complete observation: With the estimated parameters, the investor can determine the optimal asset-liability management strategy of problem (14) by using the technique of stochastic optimal control.

#### 4. The Auxiliary Problem

To determine the optimal solution for problem (14), we first introduce the following auxiliary problem: where is a pregiven parameter.

Denote Following Zhou and Li [23], the relationship between the optimal solutions for problem (14) and problem (15) is given by the following lemma. Its proof is similar to Zhou and Li [23] and is omitted here.

Lemma 2. *For any , one has . If , then , where . Furthermore, if , a necessary condition for is .*

Note that the objective of problem (15) can be written as The term is a constant and it has no impact on the optimal solution for problem (15). So it can be ignored in the objective function of problem (15). Let ; then the auxiliary problem (15) can be equivalently rewritten as the following stochastic control problem: Using the stochastic maximum principle, we can determine the optimal solution for the optimization problem (18) and the results are summarized by the following theorem.

Theorem 3. *For problem (18), the optimal solution is given by
**
where is the net wealth at timeunder the optimal strategy for , and
*

*Proof. *For problem (18), the Hamiltonian is given by
along with the adjoint equation given as

We consider a solution of (22) as
where and are both deterministic first-order continuously differential functions with respect to . Applying Itô lemma to (23), we have
Substituting (23) into the adjoint equation (22) introduces
Comparing (24) with (25), we have
We assume that is the candidate optimal strategy for the Hamiltonian (21), is the wealth under the candidate optimal strategy , and is the corresponding solution of the adjoint equation (22). Then, we have
Since the Hamiltonian (21) is a linear function of the candidate optimal control , it is easy to get the conclusion that the coefficient of in (29) must be equal to zero; that is,
Substituting (23) and (27) into (30), we have
where and .

On the other hand, (26) implies
Comparing (31) and (32) results in
Solving the ODEs (33), the solutions are given as follows:
Then
Hence, the proof is completed.

Substituting (31) and (34) into (26)–(28), we can obtain the solutions for the adjoint equation given as follows: Substituting the optimal control (19) into the dynamics of the net wealth (13) results in Applying Itô lemma to gives Taking expectations on both (37) and (38), we have Solving (39), we have where Furthermore, where Substituting (42) and (47) into the objective of problem (15), we have the following theorem.

Theorem 4. *Under the optimal solution (19), the optimal value function of problem (15) satisfies
**
where , , and are defined by (45), (46), and (48), respectively.*

#### 5. The Optimal Asset-Liability Management Strategy and the Efficient Frontier for Problem (14)

In this section, we will derive the optimal strategy and the efficient frontier for the asset-liability management problem (14). According to Lemma 2, a necessary condition for the optimal solution of problem (15) to attain the optimality of problem (14) at the same time is Substituting the expected terminal net wealth (42) into (50), it can easily obtain Then

Theorem 5. *The optimal asset-liability management strategy for problem (14) is given by
**
and the efficient frontier for problem (14) satisfies
*

*Proof. *Substituting into (19), we obtain the optimal asset-liability management strategy for problem (14) which is specified by
Substituting into (42) and (47), the terminal net wealth of the asset-liability management problem (14) under the optimal strategy (53) satisfies
Furthermore, the variance of the terminal net wealth under the optimal asset-liability management strategy (53) satisfies
Notice that
Substituting (58) into (57), we can have the trade-off between the expectation and the variance of the terminal wealth
Then, the proof is completed.

The efficient frontier (54) presents the trade-off between the expected terminal wealth and the risk measured by the variance of the terminal wealth. For a given expected investment return , the investment risk is calculated by (54). Equation (54) shows that the efficient frontier is a parabola in the variance-mean plane. Since , the investment risk achieves its minimum when the expected terminal net wealth satisfies . Notice that ; it implies that the investment risk caused by the liability and the incomplete information cannot be completely hedged by the current portfolio.

Corollary 6. *The global minimum variance of problem (14) is given by
**
and the corresponding terminal net wealth satisfies
**
Moreover, the efficient strategy that achievesis
**
where is the wealth process corresponding to the efficient strategy .*

#### 6. Special Cases

##### 6.1. The Case of No Liability

When there is no liability, and . Then the parameters , , and reduce to Furthermore, the optimal asset-liability management strategy (53) reduces to and the efficient frontier satisfies Letting , we have Obviously, (68) is a straight line with a slop of in the , plane. Furthermore, is called the capital market line and is called the price of risk. We have verified that the results (63)–(69) are the same with Elliott et al. [17] when there is no liability, in particular when is a constant , that is, the appreciation rate of the risky asset is completely observable at each time and it is constant. We have verified that the results (63)–(69) are the same with Zhou and Li [23] with only one risky asset. In this sense, this paper extends the model in Elliott et al. [17] to the case incorporating liability and the model in Zhou and Li [23] to the case with incomplete information and liability.

##### 6.2. The Case of Complete Information

If the appreciation rates of the risky asset and the liability at each time can be completely observed and are constants, that is, and , then the parameters , , and reduce to where . Hence, the optimal asset-liability management strategy (53) reduces to and the efficient frontier is specified by We have verified that the results (70)–(72) are the same as the results in Xie and Li [7] with only one risky asset.

#### 7. Conclusion

In this paper, a mean-variance asset-liability management problem with incomplete observable information is investigated. The evolution of the unobservable financial market state is described by a continuous-time finite-state hidden Markovian chain and the appreciation rates of the risky asset and the liability are modulated by this hidden Markovian chain. By using the separation principle, the asset-liability management problem with incomplete information is divided into two separable problems: the filtering-estimation problem and the stochastic control problem. The stochastic maximum principle is used to derive the analytical optimal asset-liability management strategy and the efficient frontier is also derived explicitly. The explicit expressions of the optimal strategy and the efficient frontier show that the unobservable market information does have significant impact on the optimal asset-liability management strategy and the efficient frontier. And the models and results in Elliott et al. [17], Zhou and Li [23], and Xie and Li [7] can be derived as special cases of this paper.

#### Conflict of Interests

The author declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

#### Acknowledgments

This research is supported by Grants of the Humanity and Social Science Foundation of MoE of China (no. 13YJCZH247), the Philosophy and Social Science Programming Foundation of Guangdong Province (no. GD12XYJ06), the State Key Program of National Natural Science of China (no. 71231008), and the Foundation of Guangdong University of Finance (no. 12XJ02-10).

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