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The Competitive Analysis of Risk Taking with Application to Online Trading

Al-Binali, Sabah

Competitive analysis is concerned with minimizing a relative measure of performance. When applied to financial trading strategies, competitive analysis leads to the development of strategies with minimum relative performance risk. This approach is too inflexible. Many investors are interested in managing their risk:they may be willing to increase their risk for some form of reward. They may also have some forecast of the future. In this paper,we extend competitive analysis to provide a framework in which investors can develop optimal trading strategies based on their risk tolerance and forecast. We first define notions of risk and reward that are smooth extensions of classical competitive analysis. We then illustrate our ideas using the ski-rental problem, and analyze a financial game using the risk-reward framework.

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Academic Units
Computer Science
Publisher
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
Series
Columbia University Computer Science Technical Reports, CUCS-018-97
Published Here
April 25, 2011