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Regards of 4.5.1, how we get 4.5.5?

  • $\begingroup$ What book/paper is this from $\endgroup$
    – Slade
    Commented Nov 19, 2019 at 0:37
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    $\begingroup$ It is a book by Jianfeng Zhang on BSDEs books.google.com/… $\endgroup$
    – Alex C
    Commented Nov 19, 2019 at 0:46
  • $\begingroup$ Oh nice. It looks pretty thorough. I'll probably check it out. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Slade
    Commented Nov 19, 2019 at 1:04

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Note that for the replicating portfolio to be self-financing it suffices that (1): $$\lambda_t=\frac{V_t-h_tS_t}{B_t}$$ where I have changed the notation by designating by $B_t$ the money market account: $$B_t=B_0e^{rt}$$ Hence, because the portfolio is self-financing, its dynamics are: $$\begin{align} dV_t&=\left(\frac{V_t-h_tS_t}{B_t}\right)dB_t+h_tdS_t \\[5pt] &=r(V_t-h_tS_t)dt+(\mu h_tS_tdt+\sigma h_tS_tdW_t) \end{align}$$ Now, you can either be in a position to lend ($V_t>h_tS_t$) or borrow money. If the rates to lend $r_1>0$ and borrow $r_2<0$ are different then the equation above changes to: $$dV_t=r_1\max(V_t-h_tS_t,0)dt-r_2\min(V_t-h_tS_t,0)dt+h_tdS_t$$ You lend at $r_1$ if you have excess cash in your hedging account, namely the value of your hedge $h_tS_t$ is lower than the value of the derivative $V_t$, otherwise you borrow at $r_2$. Note that: $$\begin{align} V_t>h_tS_t \Leftrightarrow &\ r_1\max(V_t-h_tS_t,0)-r_2\min(V_t-h_tS_t,0) \\ &= r_1(V_t-h_tS_t)>0 \\[3pt] V_t<h_tS_t \Leftrightarrow &\ r_1\max(V_t-h_tS_t,0)-r_2\min(V_t-h_tS_t,0) \\ &= -r_2(V_t-h_tS_t)<0 \end{align}$$ Namely, the $\max$ and $\min$ functions allow to separate the excess/deficit of cash cases.

(1) Proving this is extremely cumbersome. Basically you need to prove that: $$B_td\lambda_t+d\lambda_tdB_t+S_tdh_t+dS_tdh_t=0$$ If I find the time (and energy) I'll try to post a derivation, otherwise you can check this answer to see how to do this.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. but I am confusing that how the min/max appears in the equation. Is this mean that we want to maximize the value of $dV_t$? $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 19, 2019 at 20:37
  • $\begingroup$ @jf1997 see my updated answer, the $\max$ and $\min$ functions allow to separate the excess/deficit of cash cases. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 19, 2019 at 21:45
  • $\begingroup$ Ok, I see. Thank you. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 7:24
  • $\begingroup$ @jf1997 I have slightly amended my answer as there was something wrong, strictly speaking the holding $\lambda_t$ of bank account has to be divided by $B_t$ (i.e. the value of the bank account) to ensure the replicating portfolio equals the derivative value $V_t$. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 21, 2019 at 16:08

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