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Credit portfolio selection with decaying contagion intensities

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:48:51 GMT


We develop a fixed‐income portfolio framework capturing the exponential decay of contagious intensities between successive default events. We show that the value function of the control problem is the classical solution to a recursive system of second‐order uniformly parabolic Hamilton–Jacobi–Bellman partial differential equations. We analyze the interplay between risk premia, decay of default intensities, and their volatilities. Our comparative statics analysis finds that the investor chooses to go long only if he is capturing enough risk premia. If the default intensities deteriorate faster, the investor increases the size of his position if he goes short, or reduces the size of his position if he goes long.