This paper considers an extension of the Merton optimal investment problem to the case where the risky asset is subject to transaction costs and capital gains taxes. We derive the dynamic programming equation in the sense of constrained viscosity solutions. We next introduce a family of functions (V ∈)∈>0, which converges to our value function uniformly on compact subsets, and which is characterized as the unique constrained viscosity solution of an approximation of our dynamic programming equation. In particular, this result justifies the numerical results reported in the accompanying paper [I. Ben Tahar, H. M. Soner, and N. Touzi (2005), Modeling Continuous-Time Financial Markets with Capital Gains Taxes, preprint, http://www.cmap.polytechnique.fr/̃touzi/bst06.pdf].
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Control and Optimization
- Applied Mathematics
- Capital gains taxes
- Optimal consumption and investment in continuous time
- Transaction costs
- Viscosity solutions