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How do I use the Malliavin calculus to solve for the optimal trading strategy in the classic Merton problem?

How do I use the Malliavin calculus to solve for the optimal trading strategy in the classic Merton problem? In Duffie's book "Dynamic Asset Pricing," he outlines the "Martingale method" of solving ...
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Apply Ito's Lemma to exponential martingale

$\newcommand{\dd}{\, \mathrm{d}}$ Consider the exponential martingale, $$\xi_t^\lambda = \exp \left\{ - \int_0^t \lambda_s \dd z_s - \frac 12 \int_0^T \lambda_s^2 \dd s \right\},$$ that is used in ...
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Find probability that payoff function is in $[10,20]$

In moment $t=0$ we bought option with expiration date $T=2$. The payoff function of this option is given by: $$f=(\max_{t\in[0,T]} S_t -110)^{+}$$ where $S_t$ satisfies $$dS_t=15dW_t$$ $$S_0=95$$ ...
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What exactly is/How exactly do we interpret the binomial model's Radon-Nikodym derivative?

Related: Lewis' triviality result? As I recall the one-step binomial model goes like this: The time periods are now $t=0$ and later $t=1$. We have 2.1. a stock that pays off $u$ for going up or $d$...
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Intuition of the Kolmogorov Equations

So I understand the derivation of the Kolmogorov Forward and Backward Equations, but I don't quite understand the intuition. Here is from Stokey, 2008: "The backward equation involves time $t$ and ...
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Ito's Lemma derivation

I'm getting into asset pricing and was looking at Ito's Lemma, but cannot understand a few steps that are given. Ito's Lemma states that given $$dx_t = \mu dt + \sigma dz_t \\ y_t = f(t, x_t)$$ ...
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Do real life economists and financial analysts actually use calculus in their jobs?

From what I understand a lot of calculus is used at university level when studying economics and some finance courses (correct me if I'm wrong) but I was just wondering if economists and financial ...
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Urn balls and probabilities

Think of the following balls as individuals of populations. Say I have $U$ urns, and some balls. Both numbers are really large. So large, that authors like Blanchard and Diamond have approximated ...
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Bond Price expression

I've researching some mathematical finance and I've stumbled upon something I can't seems to find sources on. I'm probably overlooking something, but I hope someone can enlighten me and give me some ...
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How to solve a variation of Merton's optimal portfolio problem?

Does anyone know how to solve the following problem? I have tried to solve this but I'm lost since I have never dealt with a Stochastic Dynamic Programming problem with many variables. \$max_{c_{t},\...
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