Expected Log-Utility Maximization Under Incomplete Information and with Cox-Process Observations

Research paper by Kazufumi Fujimoto, Hideo Nagai, Wolfgang J. Runggaldier

Indexed on: 29 Aug '13Published on: 29 Aug '13Published in: Asia-Pacific Financial Markets


We consider the portfolio optimization problem for the criterion of maximization of expected terminal log-utility. The underlying market model is a regime-switching diffusion model where the regime is determined by an unobservable factor process forming a finite state Markov process. The main novelty is due to the fact that prices are observed and the portfolio is rebalanced only at random times corresponding to a Cox process where the intensity is driven by the unobserved Markovian factor process as well. This leads to a more realistic modeling for many practical situations, like in markets with liquidity restrictions; on the other hand it considerably complicates the problem to the point that traditional methodologies cannot be directly applied. The approach presented here is specific to the log-utility. For power utilities a different approach is presented in the companion paper (Fujimoto et al. in Appl Math Optim 67(1):33–72, 2013).