Department seminar by David Itkin

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

Department seminar

David Itkin
Carnegie Mellon University

Link to join seminar: Hosted on Zoom

Open Markets in Stochastic Portfolio Theory and Hybrid Jacobi Models

Stochastic portfolio theory is a framework to study large equity markets over long time horizons. In such settings investors are often confined to trading in an "open market" setup consisting of only assets with high capitalizations. In this work we relax previously studied notions of open markets and develop a tractable framework for them under mild structural conditions on the market. 

Within this framework we also introduce a large parametric class of processes, which we call hybrid Jacobi models. These models produce a stable capital distribution curve consistent with empirical observations. Moreover, there are explicit expressions for the growth-optimal portfolio. The sub-class of rank Jacobi models are also shown to serve as worst-case models for a robust asymptotic growth problem under model ambiguity.

Lastly, the rank Jacobi models are shown to be stable with respect to the total number of stocks in the market. In particular, we show that, under suitable assumptions on the parameters, the capital distribution curves converge to a limiting quantity as the size of the market tends to infinity. This convergence result provides a theoretical explanation for an important empirically observed phenomenon.