SMS scnews item created by Christian-Oliver Ewald at Wed 15 Sep 2010 0936
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 21 Sep 2010
Calendar1: 21 Sep 2010 1600-1700
CalLoc1: Carslaw 375
Auth: ewald(.amstaff;1028.1001)

Financial Mathematics Seminar: Ken Siu -- A BSDE Approach to Convex Risk Measures for Derivative Securities

A backward stochastic differential equation, (BSDE), approach is used to evaluate convex
risk measures for unhedged positions of derivative securities in a continuous-time
economy.  Backward stochastic differential equations provide a natural and theoretically
sound approach to value convex risk measures for derivative securities.  A two-stage
procedure is used.  Initially, a pricing BSDE is used to value a derivative position.
Then, at the second stage, a family of real-world probabilities is used to evaluate the
unhedged risk of the derivative position, which is formulated as a stochastic control
problem.  The convex risk measure is represented as the solution of a BSDE.  We use the
Clark-Ocone representation result together with Malliavin calculus to identify the
integrand in the martingale representation associated with the BSDE.  This, in turn,
involves the Malliavin derivative of the solution of the pricing BSDE.  In the Markov
case, we relate the BSDE solution to a partial differential equation solution for convex
risk measure evaluation via a nonlinear Feynman-Kac formula.

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