Shifts of the term structure of interest rates against which a given portfolio is preimmunized
In this paper we formulate an immunization problem, which is rarely stated. Instead of reconstructing an existing bond portfolio B with the aim of securing a desired amount of, say L dollars, q years from now, against uncertain future interest rates shifts (under various, sometimes strong assumptions), we identify the shifts of the current term structure of interest rates against which portfolio B is already preimmunized. We state this problem in two different mathematical settings, and solve it with the help of Proposition 2 from Barber (1999), or, equivalently, Theorem 1 from Rzadkowski and Zaremba (2000). In the first part of this paper shifts are supposed to be polynomials of degree less than a certain number n, while in the second part, where we employ a Hilbert space approach, the shifts are allowed to be continuous functions.
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