Hedging Non-Tradable Risks with Transaction Costs and Price Impact
Forthcoming in Mathematical Finance
42 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2018 Last revised: 15 Feb 2020
Date Written: June 7, 2018
A risk-averse agent hedges her exposure to a non-tradable risk factor U using a correlated traded asset S and accounts for the impact of her trades on both factors. The effect of the agent's trades on U is referred to as cross-impact. By solving the agent's stochastic control problem, we obtain a closed-form expression for the optimal strategy when the agent holds a linear position in U. When the exposure to the non-tradable risk factor is non-linear, we provide an approximation to the optimal strategy in closed-form, and prove that the value function is correctly approximated by this strategy when cross-impact and risk-aversion are small. We further prove that when exposure to U is non-linear, the approximate optimal strategy can be written in terms of the optimal strategy for a linear exposure with the size of the position changing dynamically according to the exposure's "Delta" under a particular probability measure.
Keywords: algorithmic trading, hedging, price impact
JEL Classification: G10, G11, C41
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