## 2015-16 London Mathematical Finance Seminar Series

The **January-March 2016** programme is hosted by the King's College London (KCL)

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**Date: Thursday 21 January 2016**

Speaker #1: Luciano Campi, LSE

Time: 16:15-17:00

Place: King's College London- Nash Lecture Theatre K2.31

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**On the support of extremal martingale measures with given marginals**

Speaker #2: **Ying Hu**** **Université de Rennes 1

Time: 17:15-18:00

Place: King's College London- Nash Lecture Theatre K2.31

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**An ergodic BSDE approach to large time behaviour of solution of semilinear parabolic partial differential equation **

This talk is devoted to the study of the large time behaviour of solution of some semilinear parabolic partial differential equation (with Dirichlet or Neumann boundary condition). A probabilistic method (more precisely, an approach via an ergodic backward stochastic equation) is developped to show that the solution of a parabolic semilinear PDE at large time $T$ behaves like a linear term $\lambda T$ shifted with a function $v$, where $(v,\lambda)$ is the solution of the ergodic PDE associated to the parabolic PDE. The advantage of our method is that it gives an explicit rate of convergence. The result gives a perspective to give a precise estimate on the long run asymptotics for utility maximisation.

**Date: Thursday 4 February 2016**

Speaker #1: **Jakša Cvitanić**, Caltech

Time: 16:15-17:00

Place: King's College London- Nash Lecture Theatre K2.31

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**Dynamic Programming Approach to Principal-Agent Problems and Applications in Portfolio Management**

Speaker #2: **Miklós Rásonyi**, MTA Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics

Time: 17:15-18:00

Place: King's College London- Nash Lecture Theatre K2.31

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**Sticky processes with jumps**

We prove that sticky processes can be approximated arbitrarily well in L_p norm by processes that are martingales under an equivalent change of measure. The precise formulation of this result raises several issues which we will discuss. We also present some applications to the theory of illiquid markets.

**Date: Thursday 18 February 2016**

Speaker #1: **Jan Obloj**, University of Oxford

Time: 16:15-17:00

Place: King's College London- Nash Lecture Theatre K2.31

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Title and abstract to be confirmed

Speaker #2: **Fabio Bellini**, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Time: 17:15-18:00

Place: King's College London- Nash Lecture Theatre K2.31

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Title and abstract to be confirmed

**Date: Thursday 3 March 2016**

Speaker #1: **Marco Fritelli**, Università degli Studi di Milano

Time: 16:15-17:00

Place: King's College London- Nash Lecture Theatre K2.31

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Title and abstract to be confirmed

Speaker #2: **Matthias Scherer**, Technische Universität München (TUM)

Time: 17:15-18:00

Place: King's College London- Nash Lecture Theatre K2.31

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Title and abstract to be confirmed

**Date: Thursday 17 March 2016**

Speaker #1: **Josef Teichmann**, ETH Zürich

Time: 16:15-17:00

Place: King's College London- Nash Lecture Theatre K2.31

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Title and abstract to be confirmed

Speaker #2: **Philipp Keller**, Deloitte

Time: 17:15-18:00

Place: King's College London- Nash Lecture Theatre K2.31

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**Date: Thursday 31 March 2016**

Speaker #1: **Martino Grasselli**, Finance Lab at the Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci / Università Degli Studi di Padova

Time: 16:15-17:00

Place: King's College London- Nash Lecture Theatre K2.31

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Title and abstract to be confirmed

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Time: 17:15-18:00

Place: King's College London- Nash Lecture Theatre K2.31

Title and abstract to be confirmed

The **October-December 2015** programme is hosted by the Financial Mathematics and Risk and Stochastics groups at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

These seminars will be held in the Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, at LSE. Maps and Directions.**All are welcome to attend. If you are attending from out the LSE, please email Ian Marshall (i.marshall@lse.ac.uk) to guarantee smooth access into the New Academic Building at the reception and security desk.**

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**Date: Thursday 1 October 2015**

**Speaker #1: Markus Reiss****, Humboldt University (!!! note the change of time and venue !!!)**

Time: 16:00-17:00

Place: KCL - Strand Building, Room S0.13, Ground Floor

KCL Maps and Directions

**Improved volatility estimation under one-sided errors with applications to limit order books**

Abstract: For a semi-martingale X, which forms a stochastic boundary, a rate-optimal estimator for its quadratic variation <X,X> is constructed. The problem is embedded in a Poisson point process framework, which reveals an interesting connection to the theory of Brownian excursion areas. We derive n^{−1/3} as optimal convergence rate of integrated squared volatility estimation in a high-frequency framework with n observations (in mean). This considerably improves upon the classical n^{−1/4}-rate obtained for observations under centered noise. As an application estimating the integrated volatility of an efficient price process X from intra-day order book quotes is discussed.

Joint work with Markus Bibinger and Moritz Jirak

**Speaker #2: Paolo Guasoni****, Dublin City University ****(!!! note the change of time !!!)**

Time: 17:30-18:30

Place: LSE - Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

LSE Maps and Directions

**Who should sell stocks?**

Abstract: Never selling stocks is optimal for investors with a long horizon and a realistic range of preference and market parameters, if relative risk

aversion, investment opportunities, proportional transaction costs, and dividend yields are constant. Such investors should buy stocks when their portfolio weight is too low, and otherwise hold them, letting dividends rebalance to cash over time rather than selling. With capital gain taxes, this policy outperforms both static buy-and-hold and dynamic rebalancing strategies that account for transaction costs. Selling stocks becomes optimal if either their target weight is low, or intermediate consumption is substantial.

(Joint work with Johannes Muhle-Karbe and Ren Liu)

Date: Thursday 15 October 2015

**Speaker #1: **Stéphane Villeneuve,** University of Toulouse 1 Capitole**

Time: 17:00-18:00

Place: LSE - Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

LSE Maps and Directions

**Optimal exit under moral hazard**

Abstract: We develop a model of optimal exit when a firm's asset owned by a risk-neutral principal is contracted out to a risk-neutral agent to manage. We characterize the optimal contract implementing effort at any time and prove that for a very profitable firm, it is optimal to let the agent shirk.

Keywords: Dynamic Principal-agent model, Optimal Stopping, Free boundary.

**Speaker #2: Halil Mete Soner, ETH Zürich **

Time: 18:15-19:15

Place: LSE - Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

LSE Maps and Directions

**Stochastic target problems**

Abstract: In a stochastic target problem, the controller tries to steer the state process into a prescribed target set with certainty. The state is assumed to follow stochastic dynamics while the target is deterministic and this miss-match renders the problem difficult. One exploits the degeneracies and/or the correlations of the noise process to determine the initial positions from which this goal is feasible. These problems appear naturally in several applications in quantitative finance providing robust hedging strategies. As a convenient solution technique, we use the geometric dynamic programming principle that we will describe in this talk. Then, this characterization of the reachability sets will be discussed in several examples. **Date: Thursday 29 October 2015**

**Speaker #1: ****Pierre Cardaliaguet, Université Paris-Dauphine**

Time: 17:00-18:00

Place: LSE - Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

LSE Maps and Directions

**Learning in mean-field games**

Abstract: Mean field game systems describe equilibrium configurations in differential games with infinitely many infinitesimal interacting agents. The aim of this talk is to explain how such an equilibrium can appear: we introduce a learning procedure (similar to the fictitious play) and show its convergence when the mean field game is potential.

This is a joint work with S Hadikhanloo (Paris-Dauphine)

**Speaker #2: **Albina Danilova**,**** LSE**

Time: 18:15-19:15

Place: LSE - Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

LSE Maps and Directions

**Markov bridges: SDE representation**

Abstract: Please view the attachment here (PDF attachment).**Date: Thursday 12 November 2015**

**Speak****er #1: Philipp Harms, ETH Zürich**

Time: 17:00-18:00

Place: LSE - Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

LSE Maps and Directions

**Affine representations of fractional processes with applications in mathematical finance**

Abstract: Fractional processes have gained popularity in financial modelling due to the dependence structure of their increments and the roughness of their sample paths. The non-Markovianity of these processes gives, however, rise to conceptual and practical difficulties in computation and calibration. To address these issues, we show that a certain class of fractional processes can be represented as linear functionals of an infinite dimensional affine process. We demonstrate by means of several examples that the affine structure allows one to construct tractable financial models with fractional features.

**Speaker #2: Marco Maggis, University of Milan **

Time: 18:15-19:15

Place: LSE - Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

LSE Maps and Directions

**Arbitrage theory without a reference probability: challenges of the model-free approach**

Abstract: In a model independent discrete time financial market, we discuss the richness of the family of martingale measures in relation to different notions of Arbitrage, generated by a class S of significant sets. The choice of S reflects into the intrinsic properties of the class of polar sets of martingale measures. In particular: is S reduces to a singleton, absence of Model Independent Arbitrage is equivalent to the existence of a martingale measure; for S being the open sets, absence of Open Arbitrage is equivalent to the existence of full support martingale measures. These results are obtained by adopting a technical filtration enlargement and by constructing a Universal Aggregator of all arbitrage opportunities. Furthermore we prove the superhedging duality theorem, where trading is allowed with dynamic and semi-static strategies. We also show that the initial cost of the cheapest portfolio that dominates a contingent claim on every possible path might be strictly greater than the upper bound of the no-arbitrage prices. We therefore characterize the subset of trajectories on which this duality gap disappears and prove that it is an analytic set.

The talk will be based on two papers joint with M Burzoni and M Frittelli. **Date: Thursday 26 November 2015**

**Speaker #1: Denis Belomestny, Duisburg Essen University**

Time: 17:00-18:00

Place: LSE - Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

LSE Maps and Directions

**Higher order variance reduction for discretised diffusions via regression **

Abstract: In this talk we present a novel approach towards variance reduction for discretised diffusion processes. The proposed approach involves specially constructed control variates and allows one to reduce the variance up to a certain power of discretisation error. In this way the complexity order of the plain MC algorithm can be reduced down to epsilon^{-2+delta} for any delta in [0,0.5) with epsilon being the precision to be achieved. These theoretical results are illustrated by several numerical examples.

**Speaker #2: Ulrich Horst, Humboldt University **

Time: 18:15-19:15

Place: LSE - Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

LSE Maps and Directions

**Conditional analysis and a principal agent problem**

Abstract: We analyse conditional optimization problems arising in discrete-time dynamic Principal-Agent models of delegated portfolio management. In these models, an investor (the Principal) outsources her portfolio selection to a manager (the Agent) whose investment decisions the investor cannot or does not want to monitor. We prove that if both parties' preferences are time-consistent and translation invariant and under suitable assumptions on the class of admissible contracts the problem of dynamic contract design can be reduced to a series of one-period conditional optimization problems of risk-sharing type under constraints, that the first-best solution is implementable if it exists and that optimal contracts must generally make use of derivatives. We fully solve the dynamic contracting problem for a class of optimized certainty equivalent (OCE) utilities including expected exponential utilities and Average Value at Risk. If information is generated by finitely many random walks, then our conditional optimization problems reduce to standard optimization problems in Euclidean spaces. In this case derivatives are not part of optimal compensation schemes and the contracting problem can be solved for all OCE utilities.

The talk is based on joint work with Julio Backhoff.

**Date: Thursday 10 December 2015**

**Speaker #1: Peter Bank, TU Berlin**

Time: 17:00-18:00

Place: LSE - Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

LSE Maps and Direction

**Optimal investment with price impact**

Abstract: We consider a financial model with price impact where a large investor’s orders affect bid and ask prices. In a Brownian setting with exponential utility, this model allows for an explicit description of optimal investment strategies. In order to learn about indifference pricing and hedging of financial derivatives in such a frictional model, we consider a quadratic benchmark problem which emerges heuristically as the high-resilience limit of the original model. The benchmark problem also allows for a closed-form solution for very completely general options. It turns out that, rather than trading towards the currently optimal position from a frictionless reference model, it is optimal to trade towards a properly weighted average of this positions future expected values. This is joint work in progress with Mete Soner and Moritz Voss.

**Speaker #2: Peter Tankov, Université Paris-Diderot (Paris 7) **

Time: 18:15-19:15

Place: LSE - Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

LSE Maps and Directions

**Asymptotic lower bounds for optimal trading**