Journal Article

Optimal Hedging and Valuation of Nontraded Assets

Lucie Teplå

in Review of Finance

Volume 4, issue 3, pages 231-251
Published in print December 2000 | ISSN: 1572-3097
Published online December 2000 | e-ISSN: 1573-692X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1011454223409
Optimal Hedging and Valuation of Nontraded Assets

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This paper examines a number of valuation problems faced by an expected-utility maximizing investor who, over a given time horizon, is constrained to hold an asset which cannot be replicated by dynamic trading and which therefore does not have a unique no-arbitrage price. We first derive the private valuation which the investor assigns to the nontraded asset in order to determine his optimal investment in the traded assets. We thereby show that, as part of this portfolio, the investor hedges the private valuation process of the nontraded asset, rather than its market price process. We also study the price at which the investor would be willing to sell the nontraded asset if he were subsequently prohibited from trading in it, as well as the amount the investor would be willing to pay to remove the trading restriction. All three values are shown to depend in an intuitive manner on the investor’s risk aversion, the residual risk of the nontraded asset unhedged by the traded assets, the difference between the constrained holding and optimal unconstrained holding of the asset and the length of the time horizon over which the asset cannot be traded. JEL Classification: G11

Keywords: incomplete markets; martingale approach; nontraded assets; optimal portfolio choice; valuation

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