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Mean-risk analysis of risk aversion and wealth effects on optimal portfolios with multiple investment opportunities. (English) Zbl 0785.90012
Summary: We first define risk in an axiomatic way and a class of utility functions suitable for the so-called mean-risk analysis. Then, we show that, in a portfolio selection problem with multiple risky investments, an investor who is more risk averse in the Arrow-Pratt sense prefers less risk, in the sense of this paper, with less mean return, and an investor who displays increasing (decreasing) relative risk aversion becomes more conservative (aggresive) as the initial capital increases. The risk aversion effect for diversification on optimal portfolios is also discussed.

MSC:
91B28 Finance etc. (MSC2000)
91B16 Utility theory
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