Optimal rebalancing of portfolios with transaction costs

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Rebalancing of portfolios with a concave utility function is considered. It is proved that transaction costs imply that there is a no-trade region where it is optimal not to trade. For proportional transaction costs, it is optimal to rebalance to the boundary when outside the no-trade region. With flat transaction costs, the rebalance from outside the no-trade region should be to an internal state in the no-trade region but never a full rebalance. The standard optimal portfolio theory is extended to an arbitrary number of equally treated assets, general utility function and more general stochastic processes. Examples are discussed.