Dynamic asset allocation for a bank under CRRA and HARA framework

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This paper analyzes an optimal investment and management strategy for a bank under constant relative risk aversion (CRRA) and hyperbolic absolute risk aversion (HARA) utility functions. We assume that the bank can invest in treasuries, stock index fund and loans, in an environment subject to stochastic interest rate and inflation uncertainty. The interest rate and the expected rate of inflation follow a correlated Ornstein–Uhlenbeck processes and the risk premia are constants. Then we consider the portfolio choice under a power utility that the bank's shareholders can maximize expected utility of wealth at a given investment horizon. Closed form solutions are obtained in a dynamic portfolio optimization model. The results indicate that the optimal proportion invested in treasuries increases while the optimal proportion invested in the loans progressively decreases with respect to time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1550031-1-1550031-19
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Financial Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015


  • Bank asset allocation
  • Basel II CAR
  • CRRA utility
  • HARA utility
  • stochastic interest rate

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