Optimal stopping investment with non-smooth utility over an infinite time horizon
Xiaoshan Chen Xun Li Fahuai Yi

This study addresses an investment problem facing a venture fund manager who has a non-smooth utility function. The theoretical model characterizes an absolute performance-based compensation package. Technically, the research methodology features stochastic control and optimal stopping by formulating a free-boundary problem with a nonlinear equation, which is transferred to a new one with a linear equation. Numerical results based on simulations are presented to better illustrate this practical investment decision mechanism.

keywords: Optimal stopping optimal investment non-smooth utility dual transformation free boundary
Free boundary problem of Barenblatt equation in stochastic control
Xiaoshan Chen Fahuai Yi
The following type of parabolic Barenblatt equations
                                           min {$\partial_t V - \mathcal{L}_1 V, \partial_t V-\mathcal{L}_2 V$} = 0
is studied, where $\mathcal{L}_1$ and $\mathcal{L}_2$ are different elliptic operators of second order. The (unknown) free boundary of the problem is a divisional curve, which is the optimal insured boundary in our stochastic control problem. It will be proved that the free boundary is a differentiable curve.
    To the best of our knowledge, this is the first result on free boundary for Barenblatt Equation. We will establish the model and verification theorem by the use of stochastic analysis. The existence of classical solution to the HJB equation and the differentiability of free boundary are obtained by PDE techniques.
keywords: optimal control Free boundary problem stochastic control HJB equation. Barenblatt equation

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