Behavioral Portfolio Selection with Loss Control
24 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2010 Last revised: 17 Sep 2010
Date Written: February 8, 2010
In this paper we formulate a continuous-time behavioral (a la cumulative prospect theory) portfolio selection model where the losses are constrained by a pre-specified upper bound. Economically the model is motivated by the previously proved fact that the losses occurring in a bad state of the world can be catastrophic for an unconstrained model. Mathematically solving the model boils down to solving a concave Choquet minimization problem with an additional upper bound. We derive the optimal solution explicitly for such a loss control model. The optimal terminal wealth profile is in general characterized by three pieces: the agent has gains in the good states of the world, gets a moderate, endogenously constant loss in the intermediate states, and suffers the maximal loss (which is the given bound for losses) in the bad states. Examples are given to illustrate the general results.
Keywords: Cumulative prospect theory, portfolio choice, gains and losses, constraint, Choquet integral, quantile function
JEL Classification: C62, E22, G11
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