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Optimal proportional reinsurance and investment with multiple risky assets and no-shorting constraint

Lihua Bai and Junyi Guo

Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, 2008, vol. 42, issue 3, 968-975

Abstract: In this paper, the basic claim process is assumed to follow a Brownian motion with drift. In addition, the insurer is allowed to invest in a risk-free asset and n risky assets and to purchase proportional reinsurance. Under the constraint of no-shorting, we consider two optimization problems: the problem of maximizing the expected exponential utility of terminal wealth and the problem of minimizing the probability of ruin. By solving the corresponding Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equations, explicit expressions for their optimal value functions and the corresponding optimal strategies are obtained. In particular, when there is no risk-free interest rate, the results indicate that the optimal strategies, under maximizing the expected exponential utility and minimizing the probability of ruin, are equivalent for some special parameter. This validates Ferguson's longstanding conjecture about the relation between the two problems.

Date: 2008
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