Mesoscopic Modelling of Financial Markets

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We derive a mesoscopic description of the behavior of a simple financial market where the agents can create their own portfolio between two investment alternatives: a stock and a bond. The model is derived starting from the Levy-Levy-Solomon microscopic model (Levy et al. in Econ. Lett. 45:103–111, 1994; Levy et al. in Microscopic Simulation of Financial Markets: From Investor Behavior to Market Phenomena, Academic Press, San Diego, 2000) using the methods of kinetic theory and consists of a linear Boltzmann equation for the wealth distribution of the agents coupled with an equation for the price of the stock. From this model, under a suitable scaling, we derive a Fokker-Planck equation and show that the equation admits a self-similar lognormal behavior. Several numerical examples are also reported to validate our analysis.

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