Satisficing measures for analysis of risky positions

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In this work we introduce a class of measures for evaluating the quality of financial positions based on their ability to achieve desired financial goals. In the spirit of Simon (Simon, H. A. 1959. Theories of decisionmaking in economics and behavioral science. Amer. Econom. Rev. 49(3) 253-283), we call these measures satisficing measures and show that they are dual to classes of risk measures. This approach has the advantage that aspiration levels, either competing benchmarks or fixed targets, are often much more natural to specify than risk tolerance parameters. In addition, we propose a class of satisficing measures that reward diversification. Finding optimal portfolios for such satisficing measures is computationally tractable. Moreover, this class of satisficing measures has an ambiguity interpretation in terms of robust guarantees on the expected performance because the underlying distribution deviates from the investor's reference distribution. Finally, we show some promising results for our approach compared to traditional methods in a real-world portfolio problem against a competing benchmark. © 2009 INFORMS.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brown, DB; Sim, M

Published Date

  • January 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 55 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 71 - 84

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1526-5501

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0025-1909

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1287/mnsc.1080.0929

Citation Source

  • Scopus