Mathematical Finance Seminar
Date
Time
16:30
Location:
TU Berlin; MA 041
Fausto Gozzi (Rom)

Understanding the Time-Space Evolution of Economic Activities: Recent Mathematical Models and their application

The goal of this talk is to present some recent models on the time evolution of most important economic variables (e.g. consumption and capital) across different locations, taking into account space heterogeneity. In particular we focus on two recent papers looking at the macro level where there is one planner which, in a spatial Ramsey setting, maximizes utility across space with heterogeneous productivity in a deterministic (paper with R. Boucekkine, G. Fabbri, S. Federico) or in a stochastic setting (paper with M. Leocata). If time allows we will also introduce a mean field game model looking at the micro level where the agents move across space maximizing their own utility which also depends on the choices of the other agents.

Mathematical Finance Seminar
Date
Time
17:oo
Location:
Zhenjie Ren (CEREMADE - Université Paris-Dauphine)

Mean-field Langevin dynamics and neural networks

Mathematical Finance Seminar
Date
Time
17:oo
Location:
Frank Riedel (Bielefeld)

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Mathematical Finance Seminar
Date
Time
17:oo
Location:
online
Ralf Wunderlich (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg)

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Probability Colloqium
Date
Time
17:oo
Location:
online
Max Nendel (Bielefeld)

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Mathematical Finance Seminar
Date
Time
17:oo
Location:
Aurelien Alfonsi (Marne-la-vallée)

A synthetic model for ALM in life insurance and numerical methods for SCR computation

We introduce a synthetic ALM model that catches the main specificity of life insurance contracts. First, it keeps track of both market and book values to apply the regulatory profit sharing rule. Second, it introduces a determination of the crediting rate to policyholders that is close to the practice and is a trade-off between the regulatory rate, a competitor rate and the available profits. Third, it considers an investment in bonds that enables to match a part of the cash outflow due to surrenders, while avoiding to store the trading history. We use this model to evaluate the Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR) with the standard formula, and illustrate the importance of matching cash-flows.

Then, we focus on the problem of evaluating the SCR at future dates. For this purpose, we study the multilevel Monte-Carlo estimator for the expectation of a maximum of conditional expectations. We obtain theoretical convergence results that complements the recent work of Giles and Goda. We then apply the MLMC estimator to the calculation of the SCR at future dates and compare it with estimators obtained with Least Squares Monte-Carlo or Neural Networks. Last, we discuss the effect of the portfolio allocation on the SCR at future dates.

Mathematical Finance Seminar
Date
Time
17:oo
Location:
online
Samuel Drapeau (Shanghai Jiao Tong)

Robust Uncertainty Analysis

In this talk, we will showcase how methods from optimal transport and distributionally robust optimisation allow to capture and quantify sensitivity to model uncertainty for a large class of problems. We consider a generic stochastic optimisation problem. This could be a mean-variance or a utility maximisation portfolio allocation problem, a risk measure computation, a standard regression or a deep learning problem. At the heart of the optimisation is a probability measure, or a model, which describes the system. It could come from data, simulations or a modelling effort for which there is always exists a degree of uncertainty. We take a non-parametric approach and capture model uncertainty using Wasserstein balls around the postulated measure. Our main results provide explicit formulae for the first order correction to both the value function and the optimiser. We further extend our results to optimisation under linear constraints. Our sensitivity analysis of the distributionally robust optimisation problems finds applications in statistics, machine learning, mathematical finance and uncertainty quantification. In the talk, we will discuss several financial examples anchored in a one-step financial model and compute their sensitivity to model uncertainty. These include: option pricing, mean-variance portfolio selection, optimised certainty equivalent and similar risk assessments. We will also address briefly some other applications, such as explicit formulae for first-order approximations of square-root LASSO and square-root Ridge optimisers and measures of NN architecture robustness wrt to adversarial data.

This talk is based on joint works with Daniel Bartl, Jan Obloj and Johannes Wiesel.

Probability Colloqium
Date
Time
17:00
Location:
RUD 25; 1.115
Martin Larrson (Carnegie Mellon)

Stochastic portfolio theory and rank-based particle systems

Mathematical Finance Seminar
Date
Time
17:oo
Location:
online
Alexander Schied (U. Waterloo)

The Hurst roughness exponent and its model-free estimation

We say that a  continuous real-valued function $x$ admits the Hurst roughness  exponent  $H$ if  the $p^{\text{th}}$ variation of $x$ converges to zero if $p>1/H$ and to infinity if $p<1/H$.  For the sample paths of many stochastic processes, such as fractional Brownian motion, the Hurst roughness exponent exists and equals the standard Hurst parameter. In our main result, we provide a mild condition on the Faber--Schauder coefficients of $x$ under which the Hurst roughness exponent exists and is given as the limit of the classical Gladyshev estimates $\widehat H_n(x)$. This result can be  viewed as a strong consistency result for the Gladyshev estimators in an entirely model-free setting, because no assumption whatsoever is made on the possible dynamics of the function $x$. Nonetheless, our proof is probabilistic and relies on a martingale that is hidden in the Faber--Schauder expansion of $x$. Since the Gladyshev estimators are not scale-invariant, we construct several scale-invariant estimators that are derived from the sequence $(\widehat H_n)_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$. We also discuss how a dynamic change in the Hurst roughness parameter of a time series can be detected. Our results are illustrated by means of high-frequency financial time series. This is joint work with Xiyue Han.

Mathematical Finance Seminar
Date
Time
17:oo
Location:
RUD 25; 1.115
Jörn Sass (Kaiserslautern)

Utility Maximization in a Multivariate Black Scholes Type Market with Model Uncertainty on the Drift

It is a by now classical observation that in a (realistic) financial market (model) simple portfolio strategies can outperform more sophisticated optimized portfolio strategies. For example, in a one period setting, the equal weight or 1/N-strategy often provides more stable results than mean-variance- optimal strategies. This is due to the fact that a good estimation of the mean returns is not possible for volatile financial assets. Pflug, Pichler and Wozabel (2012) gave a rigorous explanation of this observation by showing that for increasing uncertainty on the means the equal weight strategy becomes optimal in a mean-variance setting which is due to its robustness. We aim at extending this result to continuous-time strategies in a multivariate Black-Scholes type market. To this end we investigate how optimal trading strategies for maximizing expected utility of terminal wealth under CRRA utility behave when we have Knightian uncertainty on the drift, meaning that the only information is that the drift parameter lies in a so-called uncertainty set. The investor takes into account that the true drift may be the worst possible drift within this set. In this setting we can show that a minimax theorem holds which enables us to find the worst- case drift and the optimal robust strategy quite explicitly. This again allows us to derive the limits when uncertainty increases and hence to show that a uniform strategy is asymptotically optimal. We also discuss the extension to a financial market with a stochastic drift process, combining the worst-case approach with filtering techniques. This leads to local optimization problems, and the resulting optimal strategy needs to be updated continuously in time. We carry over the minimax theorem for the local optimization problems and derive the optimal strategy. In this setting we show how an ellipsoidal uncertainty set can be defined based on filtering techniques and we demonstrate that investors need to choose a robust strategy to be able to profit from additional information.