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Title: On portfolio optimisation under drawdown and floor type constraints
Author: Chernyy, Vladimir
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2012
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This work is devoted to portfolio optimisation problem arising in the context of constrained optimisation. Despite the classical convex constraints imposed on proportion of wealth invested in the stock this work deals with the pathwise constraints. The drawdown constraint requires an investor's wealth process to dominate a given function of its up-to-date maximum. Typically, fund managers are required to post information about their maximum portfolio drawdowns as a part of the risk management procedure. One of the results of this work connects the drawdown constrained and the unconstrained asymptotic portfolio optimisation problems in an explicit manner. The main tools for achieving the connection are Azema-Yor processes which by their nature satisfy the drawdown condition. The other result deals with the constraint given as a floor process which the wealth process is required to dominate. The motivation arises from the financial market where the class of products serve as a protection from a downfall, e.g. out of the money put options. The main result provides the wealth process which dominates any fraction of a given floor and preserves the optimality. In the second part of this work we consider a problem of a lifetime utility of consumption maximisation subject to a drawdown constraint. One contribution to the existing literature consists of extending the results to incorporate a general drawdown constraint for a case of a zero interest rate market. The second result provides the first heuristic results for a problem in a presence of interest rates which differs qualitatively from a zero interest rate case. Also the last chapter concludes with the conjecture for the general case of the problem.
Supervisor: Obloj, Jan Sponsor: Clarendon Fund
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Mathematical finance ; Probability theory and stochastic processes ; portfolio optimisation ; drawdown constraint ; Azema-Yor processess