Optimal consumption in discrete-time financial models with industrial investment opportunities and nonlinear returns

Bruno Bouchard, Huyên Pham
2005 The Annals of Applied Probability  
We consider a general discrete-time financial market with proportional transaction costs as in [Kabanov, Stricker and Rásonyi Finance and Stochastics 7 (2003) 403--411] and [Schachermayer Math. Finance 14 (2004) 19--48]. In addition to the usual investment in financial assets, we assume that the agents can invest part of their wealth in industrial projects that yield a nonlinear random return. We study the problem of maximizing the utility of consumption on a finite time period. The main
more » ... lty comes from the nonlinearity of the nonfinancial assets' return. Our main result is to show that existence holds in the utility maximization problem. As an intermediary step, we prove the closedness of the set A_T of attainable claims under a robust no-arbitrage property similar to the one introduced in [Schachermayer Math. Finance 14 (2004) 19--48] and further discussed in [Kabanov, Stricker and Rásonyi Finance and Stochastics 7 (2003) 403--411]. This allows us to provide a dual formulation for A_T.
doi:10.1214/105051605000000467 fatcat:gjnyds2v6rhk5bedqtbmh7z2f4