Continuous time mean–variance–utility portfolio problem and its equilibrium strategy

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In this paper, we propose a new class of optimization problems, which maximize the terminal wealth and accumulated consumption utility subject to a mean–variance criterion controlling the final risk of the portfolio. The multiple-objective optimization problem is firstly transformed into a single-objective one by introducing the concept of overall ‘happiness’ of an investor defined as the aggregation of the terminal wealth under the mean–variance criterion and the expected accumulated utility, and then solved under a game-theoretic framework. We have managed to maintain analytical tractability; the closed-form solutions found for a set of special utility functions enable us to discuss some interesting optimal investment strategies that have not been revealed in the literature before.

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