Finance and Stochastics

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 17–44 | Cite as

Optimal portfolios when stock prices follow an exponential Lévy process

  • Susanne EmmerEmail author
  • Claudia Klüppelberg


We investigate some portfolio problems that consist of maximizing expected terminal wealth under the constraint of an upper bound for the risk, where we measure risk by the variance, but also by the Capital-at-Risk (CaR). The solution of the mean-variance problem has the same structure for any price process which follows an exponential Lévy process. The CaR involves a quantile of the corresponding wealth process of the portfolio. We derive a weak limit law for its approximation by a simpler Lévy process, often the sum of a drift term, a Brownian motion and a compound Poisson process. Certain relations between a Lévy process and its stochastic exponential are investigated.


Capital-at-risk downside risk measure exponential Lévy process portfolio optimization stochastic exponential Value-at-Risk weak limit law for Lévy processes. 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center of Mathematical SciencesMunich University of TechnologyGarchingGermany

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