An Exact Solution to a Dynamic Portfolio Choice Problem under Transactions Costs

  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 577-595
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1991.tb02675.x


The presence of any friction in financial markets qualitatively changes the nature of the optimization problem faced by an investor. It requires one to either act or do nothing, an issue which, of course, does not arise in frictionless situations. The investor considered here accumulates wealth without consuming until some terminal point in time when he consumes all. His objective is to maximize the expected utility derived from that terminal consumption. We postpone the terminal point far into the future to obtain a stationary portfolio rule. The portfolio policy is in the form of two control barriers between which portfolio proportions are allowed to fluctuate. We show how to calculate them.

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