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Corrections to

Theory of Asset Pricing (2008), Pearson, Boston, MA

1. Page 7. Revise the Independence Axiom to read:

For any two lotteries 1 and 1

, 1

**1 if and only if for all ` 2 (0,1] and
**

all 1

:

`1

+ (1 `)1

`1 + (1 `)1

**Moreover, for any two lotteries 1 and 1
**

y

, 1 1

y

if and only if for all `

2(0,1] and all 1

:

`1 + (1 `)1

`1

y

+ (1 `)1

**2. Page 29. Revise the last paragraph to read:
**

Next, suppose that utility is not quadratic but any general increasing, con-

cave form. Are there particular probability distributions for portfolio re-

turns that make expected utility, again, depend only on the portfolio return’s

mean and variance? Such distributions would need to be fully determined

by their means and variances, that is, they must be two-parameter distri-

butions whereby higher-order moments could be expressed in terms of the

…rst two moments (mean and variance). Many distributions, such as the

gamma, normal, and lognormal, satisfy this criterion. But in the context of

an investor’s portfolio selection problem, such distributions need to satisfy

other reasonable conditions.

Since an individual is able to choose which assets to combine into a port-

folio, all portfolios created from a combination of individual assets or other

portfolios must have distributions that continue to be determined by their

means and variances. In other words, we need a distribution such that if

the individual assets’ return distributions depend on just mean and vari-

ance, then the return on a linear combination (portfolio) of these assets has

a distribution that depends on just the portfolio’s mean and variance. Fur-

thermore, the distribution should allow for a portfolio that possibly includes

a risk-free (zero variance) asset, as well as assets that may be independently

distributed. The only distributions that satisfy these “additivity,” “possible

risk-free asset,” and “possible independent assets” restrictions is the stable

family of distributions.

1

However, the only distribution within the stable

family that has …nite variance is the normal (Gaussian) distribution. Thus,

since the multivariate normal distribution satis…es these portfolio conditions

and has …nite variance, it can be used to justify mean-variance analysis.

3. Page 33. Revise equation (2.9) to add subscripts.

l

0

(

1

p

+ r

i

o

p

) < l

0

(

1

p

r

i

o

p

) (2.9)

4. Page 63 equation (3.11). Change ` to ::

Jo

m

J.

m

i

=

1

2o

m

Jo

2

m

J.

m

i

=

1

2o

m

J.

m

\ .

m

J.

m

i

=

1

2o

m

2\

i

.

m

=

1

o

m

n

j=1

.

m

j

o

ij

(3.11)

5. Page 73. To indicate that it is a column vector, add a prime after /

z

=

[/

1z

/

2z

... /

nz

]

0

, . = 1. .... /.

6. Page 93. It is clearer to write equation (4.41) as

c

s

=

_

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

_

\

1

.

.

.

\

s1

\

s

\

s+1

.

.

.

\

k

_

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

_

=

_

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

_

0

.

.

.

0

1

0

.

.

.

0

_

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

¸

_

(4.41)

7. Page 137. In Exercise 4 part a., it should read “Show whether or not j

t

=

,

t

+ /

t

, subject to the speci…cations in (6.39) and (6.40), is a valid solution

for the price of the risky asset.”

8. Page 165. In footnote 1, revise the sentence “We examine how to model

an asset price process that is a mixture of a di¤usion process and a jump

process in Chapter 11.”

1

See Chamberlain (1983) and Liu (2004).

2

9. Page 167 to 168. It should be noted that there may be other probability lim-

its, in addition to the normally-distributed Brownian motion, for processes

that have independent and identically distributed increments. For example,

a compensated Poisson process can have zero mean and variance propor-

tional to time but would not have a limiting distribution that is Brownian

motion. To obtain normality, we also need to assume a continuous sample

path. See Merton (1990, Chapter 3).

10. Page 185. Equation (9.13) has an extraneous j. It should read

dH (t) =

_

n

i=1

.

i

(t) (j

i

:) H (t) + :H (t) 1 (t)

_

dt +

n

i=1

.

i

(t) H (t) o

i

d.

i

(9.13)

11. Page 193. Equation (9.40) has an extraneous c. It should read

2

r

2

1

rr

+ [c(: :) + ¡o

r

] 1

r

:1 1

= 0 (9.40)

12. Page 200. Exercise 2 should state “where c, :, and o are positive constants.”

13. Page 207. In equation (10.12), : should be changed to n :

¸

= exp

_

_

0

o (n) d.

1

2

_

0

o (n)

2

dn

_

(10.12)

14. Page 233. Under equation (11.23), the de…nition should be :

n

: `/ +

:c,t.

15. Page 257. The last term after the …rst equality in equation (12.45) should

have a minus sign and, therefore, the last term after the second equality in

equation (12.45) will have a plus sign:

0 = l (C

t

. t) + J

t

+ J

W

[:\

t

C

t

] + c (r. t) J

x

+

1

2

/ (r. t)

2

J

xx

J

2

W

2J

WW

n

i=1

n

j=1

·

ij

_

j

j

:

_

(j

i

:)

= c

t

ln

_

\

t

d (t)

_

+ c

t

_

Jd (t)

Jt

jd (t)

_

ln [\

t

] + 1

t

+ c

t

d (t) : c

t

+c (r. t) 1

x

+

1

2

/ (r. t)

2

1

xx

+

d (t) c

t

2

n

i=1

n

j=1

·

ij

_

j

j

:

_

(j

i

:)

(12.45)

3

Similarly, this makes the last terms in equations (12.46) and (12.49) to have

plus signs:

0 = ln [d (t)] +

_

1 +

Jd (t)

Jt

jd (t)

_

ln [\

t

] + c

t

1

t

+ d (t) : 1

+c (r. t) c

t

1

x

+

1

2

/ (r. t)

2

c

t

1

xx

+

d (t)

2

n

i=1

n

j=1

·

ij

_

j

j

:

_

(j

i

:)

(12.46)

0 = ln [d (t)] + c

t

1

t

+ d (t) : 1 + c (r. t) c

t

1

x

(12.49)

+

1

2

/ (r. t)

2

c

t

1

xx

+

d (t)

2

n

i=1

n

j=1

·

ij

_

j

j

:

_

(j

i

:)

16. Page 310. In the second paragraph, the reference to (14.58) should be

(14.57): “...the utility function given in (14.56) and (14.57) is (ordinally)

equivalent...”

17. Page 312. In the …rst sentence, change “partial di¤erential equation” to

“ordinary di¤erential equation.”

18. Page 313 The …rst three sentences on this page should read “Similar to

the time-separable case, for an in…nite horizon solution to exist, we need

consumption to be positive in (14.70), which requires

j

c 1

c

_

: + [j :]

2

,

_

2 (1 ¸) o

2

¸_

.

This will be the case when the elasticity of intertemporal substitution, c, is

su¢ciently small. For example, assuming j 0, this inequality is always

satis…ed when c < 1.

19. Page 324. Correct the de…nition of n

t

to be “n

t

denotes the number of

shares of the risky asset held by the individual at date t.”

20. Page 325. In the …rst paragraph below equation (15.5), the fourth sentence

should be corrected to read “Conversely, when j = 1 but 1

t

< 1, .

t

is larger

than .

t1

.”

4

21. Page 328. Insert “expected” in the sentence “This portfolio policy is referred

to as the “growth-optimum portfolio,” because it maximizes the expected

(continuously compounded) return on wealth.”

22. Page 348. In the fourth paragraph, correct the variance so that the sentence

reads “The equilibrium would be the same if all traders received the same

signal, ¸ `(:. o

2

+

2

n

) or if they all decided to share information on

their private signals among each other before trading commenced.”

23. Page 350. In equations (16.19), (16.21), and in the text below (16.21), re-

move the extraneous right parenthesis to change “Var

_

~

1

1

j 1

i

)

_

” to “Var

_

~

1

1

j 1

i

_

.”

References

[1] Chamberlain, G. (1983): “A Characterization of the Distributions That Imply

Mean-Variance Utility Functions,” Journal of Economic Theory, 29, 185-201.

[2] Liu, L. (2004): “A New Foundation for the Mean-Variance Analysis,” Euro-

pean Journal of Operational Research, 158, 229-242.

[3] Merton, R.C. (1990): Continuous-Time Finance. Blackwell, Cambridge, MA.

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