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Dr Hardy Hulley

Biography

I have a Ph.D. in Finance from UTS. My research interests include topics from Financial Economics, Investment Management, Quantitative Finance, Stochastic Control Theory, Optimal Stopping, Stochastic Analysis, and Probability Theory. I teach a range of subjects in the areas of Quantitative Finance, Financial Economics, and Corporate Finance.

Lecturer, Finance Discipline Group
Core Member, Quantitative Finance Research Centre
Science, B.Sc. (Hons) (UCT), M.Sc. (UCT), Ph.D. (UTS)
 
Phone
+61 2 9514 7754

Research Interests

Financial Economics, Investment Management, Quantitative Finance, Stochastic Control Theory, Optimal Stopping, Stochastic Analysis, and Probability Theory

Quantitative Finance, Financial Economics, and Corporate Finace

Chapters

Hulley, H. & Schweizer, M. 2010, 'M(6)-On Minimal Market Models and Minimal Martingale Measures', pp. 35-51.
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Hulley, H. 2010, 'The economic plausibility of strict local Martingales in financial modelling' in Chiarella, C. & Novikov, A. (eds), Contemporary Quantitative Finance: Essays in Honour of Eckhard Platen, Springer, Germany, pp. 53-75.
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The context for this article is a continuous financial market consisting of a risk-free savings account and a single non-dividend-paying risky security. We present two concrete models for this market, in which strict local martingales play decisive roles. The first admits an equivalent risk-neutral probability measure under which the discounted price of the risky security is a strict local martingale, while the second model does not even admit an equivalent risk-neutral probability measure, since the putative density process for such a measure is itself a strict local martingale. We highlight a number of apparent anomalies associated with both models that may offend the sensibilities of the classically-educated reader. However, we also demonstrate that these issues are easily resolved if one thinks economically about the models in the right way. In particular, we argue that there is nothing inherently objectionable about either model.

Conferences

Glover, K. & Hulley, H. 2011, 'The limits of arbitrage and the term structure of stock index futures mispricing', Fourth International Conference on Mathematics in Finance, Berg-en-Dal, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Hulley, H. 2011, 'The impact of idiosyncratic risk on mutual fund fees and performance', Fourth International Conference on Mathematics in Finance, Berg-en-Dal, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Hulley, H. 2011, 'The impact of idiosyncratic risk on mutual fund fees and performance', Quantitative Methods in Finance 2011 Conference, Sydney Australia.
Hulley, H. & Platen, E. 2008, 'A visual criterion for identifying Ito diffusions as martingales or strict local martingales', Seminar on Stochastic Analysis, Random Fields and Applications VI, Seminar on Stochastic Processes, Random Fields and Applications, Springer, Ascona, Switzerland, pp. 147-157.
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It is often important, in applications of stochastic calculus to financial modelling, to know whether a given local martingale is a martingale or a strict local martingale. We address this problem in the context of a time-homogenous diffusion process with a finite lower boundary, presented as the solution of a driftless stochastic differential equation. Our main theorem demonstrates that the question of whether or not this process is a martingale may be decided simply by examining the slope of a certain increasing function. Further results establish the connection between our theorem and other results in the literature, while a number of examples are provided to illustrate the use of our criterion.
Casavecchia, L. & Hulley, H. 2010, 'The effect of idiosyncratic risk on mutual fund flows and performance', Seminar Presentation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.
Casavecchia, L. & Hulley, H. 2010, 'The effect of idiosyncratic risk on mutual fund flows and performance', Seminar Presentation, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
Hulley, H. 2010, 'The Economic Plausibility of Strict Local Martingales in Financial Modelling', CONTEMPORARY QUANTITATIVE FINANCE: ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF ECKHARD PLATEN, pp. 53-75.
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Casavecchia, L. & Hulley, H. 2010, 'The effect of idiosyncratic risk on mutual fund flows and performance', Finance and Corporate Governance Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
Hulley, H. 2010, 'Local martingales obtained by discounting', Quantitative Methods in Finance 2010 Conference, Sydney, Australia.
Casavecchia, L. & Hulley, H. 2010, 'The effect of idiosyncratic risk-taking on mutual fund performance and fees', Financial Management Association 2010 Meetings, Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Financial Management Association, New York, USA, pp. 1-50.
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We identify for the first time the crucial role played by idiosyncratic risk as a determinant of performance persistence, flow-performance sensitivity and management fees charged to fund shareholders. Using a sample of US equity mutual funds, we show that high idiosyncratic volatility indirectly captures the aggressiveness of fund investment strategies. We document that funds characterized by high idiosyncratic risk exhibit high probabilities of transitioning into the tails of the performance distribution. In particular, these high transition probabilities in performance cause funds characterized by high idiosyncratic risk to jump more frequently from one tail of the performance distribution to the other, making them appear as if they do not significantly underperform as opposed to funds with low levels of idiosyncratic risk. Consistent with the model of Berk and Green (2004), we argue that idiosyncratic risk is a confusing factor and significantly compromises investors ability to clearly quantify managerial skills. Since investors learn about managerial abilities from past returns and chase performance accordingly, we should expect high noise in performance to reduce the precision of investors priors about these abilities. As a result, in the presence of switching costs and search costs, investors may optimally choose to wait to receive a better signal before (re-) allocating their capital. We document in fact that the sensitivity of flows to performance significantly and monotonically plunges for those funds engaging in high idiosyncratic risk, irrespective of their performance rankings.
Casavecchia, L. & Hulley, H. 2009, 'The fee-performance relationship does not demand unsophisticated investors', Seminar Presentation, University of Queensland Business School, Brisbane, Australia.
Thorp, S.J., Hulley, H., McKibbin, R. & Pedersen, A. 2009, 'Means-tested income support, portfolio choice and decumulation in retirement', 17th Australian Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers, Sydney, Australia.
Thorp, S.J., Hulley, H., McKibbin, R. & Pedersen, A. 2009, 'Means-tested income support, portfolio choice and decumulation in retirement', Seminar Presentation, School of Economics, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
Hulley, H. 2008, 'A Chapman-Kolmogorov algorithm for barrier options with moving barriers', Third International Conference on Mathematics in Finance, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Hulley, H. 2008, 'Conditions for Martingales, with Applications in Finance', Quantitative Methods in Finance 2008 Conference, Sydney, Australia.
Hulley, H. & Platen, E. 2007, 'Laplace transform identities for diffusions, with applications to rebates and barrier options', Banach Centre Publications: Advances in Mathematics of Finance, General AMaMeF Conference and Banach Centre Conference, Polska Akademia Nauk, Bedlewo, Poland, pp. 139-157.
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Using a simple integral identity, we derive general expressions for the Laplace transform of the transition density of the process, if killing or reflecting boundaries are specified. We also obtain a number of useful expressions for the Laplace transforms of some functions of first-passage times for the diffusion. These results are applied to the special case of squared Bessel processes with killing or reflecting boundaries. In particular, we demonstrate how the above-mentioned integral identity enables us to derive the transition density of a squared Bessel process killed at the origin, without the need to invert a Laplace transform. Finally, as an application, we consider the problem of pricing barrier options on an index described by the minimal market model.
Hulley, H. 2006, 'A survey and reassessment of the constant elasticity of variance model', 5th National Symposium on Financial Mathematics, 5th National Symposium on Financial Mathematics, Melbourne, Australia.
Hulley, H. 2006, 'Hedging basis risk using quadratic criteria', Quantitative Methods in Finance 2006 Conference, Quantitative Methods in Finance 2006 Conference, Sydney, Australia.
Hulley, H. 2005, 'A simulation-based analysis of equity index models', Quantitative Methods in Finance 2005 Conference, Quantitative Methods in Finance 2005 Conference, -, Sydney, Australia.
Hulley, H., Heath, D.P. & Platen, E. 2005, 'A comparative study of performance robustness for equity index models', 4th National Symposium on Financial Mathematics, 4th National Symposium on Financial Mathematics, -, Day Dream Island, Australia.
Hulley, H., Heath, D.P. & Platen, E. 2005, 'A comparative study of performance robustness for equity index models', Mathematics in Finance International Conference, Mathematics in Finance International Conference, -, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Hulley, H., Miller, S. & Platen, E. 2005, 'Benchmarking and Fair Pricing Applied to Two Market Models'.
This paper considers a market containing both continuous and discrete noise. Modest assumptions ensure the existence of a growth optimal portfolio. Non-negative self-financing trading strategies, when benchmarked by this portfolio, are local martingales under the real-world measure. This justifies the fair pricing approach, which expresses derivative prices in terms of real-world conditional expectations of benchmarked payoffs. Two models for benchmarked primary security accounts are presented, and fair pricing formulas for some common contingent claims are derived.
Hulley, H. 2004, 'Fair pricing in a benchmark model with jumps', -, Quantitative Methods in Finance 2004 Conference, -, Sydney, Australia.

Journal articles

Hulley, H. & McWalter, T. 2015, 'Quadratic Hedging of Basis Risk', Journal of Risk and Financial Management, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 83-102.
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Glover, K. & Hulley, H. 2014, 'Optimal prediction of the last-passage time of a transient diffusion', SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, vol. 52, no. 6, pp. 3833-3853.
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© 2014 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics We identify the integrable stopping time ?? with minimal L1-distance from the last-passage time ?z associated with a given level z > 0, for an arbitrary nonnegative time-homogeneous transient diffusion X . We demonstrate that ?? is in fact the first time that X assumes a value outside a half-open interval [0, r?). The upper boundary r? > z of this interval is characterized either as the solution for a one-dimensional optimization problem, or as part of the solution for a free-boundary problem. A number of concrete examples illustrate the result.
Glover, K., Hulley, H. & Peskir, G. 2013, 'Three-dimensional brownian motion and the golden ratio rule', Annals of Applied Probability, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 895-922.
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Let X = (Xt)t?0 be a transient diffusion process in (0,?) with the diffusion coefficient ? < 0 and the scale function L such that Xt ? ? as t ? ?, let It denote its running minimum for t ? 0, and let ? denote the time of its ultimate minimum I?. Setting c(i, x) = 1.2L(x)/L(i) we show that the stopping time [equation presented] minimizes E(|?-?|-?) over all stopping times ? of X (with finite mean) where the optimal boundary f. can be characterized as the minimal solution to [equation presented] staying strictly above the curve h(i) = L-1(L(i)/2) for i < 0. In particular, when X is the radial part of three-dimensional Brownian motion, we find that where ? = (1 +?5)/2 = 1.61.. is the golden ratio. The derived results are applied to problems of optimal trading in the presence of bubbles where we show that the golden ratio rule offers a rigorous optimality argument for the choice of the well-known golden retracement in technical analysis of asset prices. &copy; 2013 Institute of Mathematical Statistics.
Hulley, H., McKibbin, R., Pedersen, A. & Thorp, S. 2013, 'Means-Tested Public Pensions, Portfolio Choice and Decumulation in Retirement', Economic Record, vol. 88, no. 284, pp. 31-51.
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Age Pension means-testing buffers retired households against shocks to wealth and may influence decumulation patterns and portfolio allocations. Simulations from a simple model of optimal consumption and allocation strategies for a means-tested retired household indicate that, relative to benchmark, eligible and near-eligible households should optimally decumulate faster, and choose more risky portfolios, especially early in retirement. Empirical modelling of a Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia panel of pensioner households confirms a riskier portfolio allocation by wealthier retired households. Poorer pensioner households decumulate at around 5 per cent p.a. on average; however, better-off households continue to add around 3 per cent p.a. to wealth, even when facing a steeper implicit tax rate on wealth. &copy; 2013 The Economic Society of Australia.
Hulley, H. & Platen, E. 2012, 'Hedging for the long run', Mathematics and Financial Economics, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 105-124.
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Hulley, H., Miller, S. & Platen, E. 2005, 'Benchmarking and fair pricing applied to two market models', The Kyoto Economic Review, vol. 74, no. 1, pp. 85-118.
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This paper considers a market containing both continuous and discrete noise. Modest assumptions ensure the existence of a growth optimal portfolio. Non-negative self-financing trading strategies, when benchmarked by this portfolio, are local martingales unde the real-world measure. This justifies the fair pricing approach, which expresses derivative prices in terms of real-world conditional expectations of benchmarked pay-offs. Two models for benchmarked primary security accounts are presentated, and fair pricing formulas for some common contingent claims are derived.

Other

Hulley, H. & Platen, E. 2011, 'A Visual Criterion for Identifying Ito Diffusions as Martingales or Strict Local Martingales'.
Thorp, S.J., Hulley, H., McKibbin, R. & Pedersen, A. 2009, 'Means-tested income support, portfolio choice and decumulation in retirement', Research Paper Series, Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.
Research Paper Number: 248 Abstract: We investigate the impact of means tested public income transfers on post-retirement decumulation and portfolio choice using theoretical simulations and panel data on Australian Age Pensioners. Means tested public pension payments in Australia have broad coverage and give insight into the incentive responsiveness of well-o&Acirc;&curren;, as well as poorer households. Via numerical solutions to a discrete time, fi?nite horizon dynamic programming problem, we simulate the optimal consumption and portfolio allocation strategies for a retired household subject to assets and income tests. Relative to benchmark, means tested households should optimally decumulate faster early in retirement, and choose more risky portfolios. Panel data tests on inferred wealth for pensioner households show evidence of more rapid spending early in retirement. However they also show that better-o&Acirc;&curren; households continue to accumulate, even when facing a steeper implicit tax rate on wealth than applies to poorer households. Wealthier households also hold riskier portfolios. Results from tests for Lorenz dominance of the panel wealth distribution show no decrease in wealth inequality over the ?five years of the study.
Thorp, S.J., Hulley, H., McKibbin, R. & Pedersen, A. 2009, 'Means-tested income support, portfolio choice and decumulation in retirement', Working Paper Series, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis.
Hulley, H. & Platen, E. 2007, 'Laplace Transform Identities for Diffusions, with Applications to Rebates and Barrier Options'.
Using a simple integral identity, we derive general expressions for the Laplace transform of the transition density of the process, if killing or reflecting boundaries are specified. We also obtain a number of useful expressions for the Laplace transforms of some functions of first-passage times for the diffusion. These results are applied to the special case of squared Bessel processes with killing or reflecting boundaries. In particular, we demonstrate how the above-mentioned integral identity enables us to derive the transition density of a squared Bessel process killed at the origin, without the need to invert a Laplace transform. Finally, as an application, we consider the problem of pricing barrier options on an index described by the minimal market model.
Hulley, H., Miller, S. & Platen, E. 2005, 'Benchmarking and fair pricing applied to two market models (QFRC paper #155)'.
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Hulley, H. & Ruf, J., 'Weak Tail Conditions for Local Martingales'.
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The following conditions are necessary and sufficient for an arbitrary c\`adl\`ag local martingale to be a uniformly integrable martingale: (i) The weak tail of the supremum of its modulus is zero; (ii) its jumps at the first-exit times from compact intervals converge to zero in $L^1$, on the events that those times are finite; and (iii) its almost sure limit is an integrable random variable.