Dynamic Optimal Lifetime Portfolio Selection in Discrete Framework

Ashri Putri Rahadi, Nora Amelda Rizal, Budhi Arta Surya


By this study, we want to provide tools for an economic agent who wants to maintain her maximized intertemporal consumption rate over time period regularly by trading activity in capital market. She would use the diversification principle to compose portfolio that is consisted of risky and risk free assets, with initial wealth by using principle of dynamic programming in stochastic control problem. While our target function is to maximize the discounted utility function over consumption rate, the agent may use this portion of wealth for hedonistic lifestyle without thinking the bequest aim. Motivated by observation that seminal work of Samuelson (1969)’s optimal investment on risky asset was independent of time and wealth process, we were replacing the source of uncertainty in the risky asset by binomial process in order to improve Samuelson's solution. The risky asset price evolution is determined to move in two possible directions of up and down in the next time instantly with certain probability, following binomial trees scheme. Working within this setting, we manage to obtain trading strategies as explicit solution for the optimal investment and consumption decisions which were being expressed as time-dependent functions as well as wealth process feedback form. This solution goes along with inter-temporal concept that our consumption and investment strategies tomorrow will be affected with our wealth today. We exemplify the results by numerical examples and perform Monte Carlo simulation.


Dynamic programming, Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation, intertemporal consumption, stochastic optimal control.

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