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Optimal liquidation trajectories for the Almgren-Chriss model

Lokka, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-0263-267X and Xu, Junwei (2020) Optimal liquidation trajectories for the Almgren-Chriss model. International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, 23 (7). ISSN 0219-0249

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Identification Number: 10.1142/S0219024920500491


We consider an optimal liquidation problem with infinite horizon in the Almgren–Chriss framework, where the unaffected asset price follows a Lévy process. The temporary price impact is described by a general function that satisfies some reasonable conditions. We consider a market agent with constant absolute risk aversion, who wants to maximize the expected utility of the cash received from the sale of the agent’s assets, and show that this problem can be reduced to a deterministic optimization problem that we are able to solve explicitly. In order to compare our results with exponential Lévy models, which provide a very good statistical fit with observed asset price data for short time horizons, we derive the (linear) Lévy process approximation of such models. In particular we derive expressions for the Lévy process approximation of the exponential variance–gamma Lévy process, and study properties of the corresponding optimal liquidation strategy. We then provide a comparison of the liquidation trajectories for reasonable parameters between the Lévy process model and the classical Almgren–Chriss model. In particular, we obtain an explicit expression for the connection between the temporary impact function for the Lévy model and the temporary impact function for the Brownian motion model (the classical Almgren–Chriss model), for which the optimal liquidation trajectories for the two models coincide.

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Additional Information: © 2020 World Scientific Publishing
Divisions: Mathematics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2020 09:12
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:59

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