Optimal Static-Dynamic Hedging under Convex Risk Measures

22 October 2010
Ronnie Sircar
The theory and computation of convex measures of financial risk has been a very active area of Financial Mathematics, with a rich history in a short number of years. The axioms specify sensible properties that measures of risk should possess (and which the industry's favourite, value-at-risk, does not). The most common example is related to the expectation of an exponential utility function. A basic application is hedging, that is taking off-setting positions, to optimally reduce the risk measure of a portfolio. In standard continuous-time models with dynamic hedging, this leads to nonlinear PDE problems of HJB type. We discuss so-called static-dynamic hedging of exotic options under convex risk measures, and specifically the existence and uniqueness of an optimal position. We illustrate the computational challenge when we move away from the risk measure associated with exponential utility. Joint work with Aytac Ilhan (Goldman Sachs) and Mattias Jonsson (University of Michigan).