Suppose that $ \{ X_t, \mathcal{F}_t \ : \ 0 \leq t < \infty \}$ is a right-continuous submartingale and $T$ is a stopping time of $ \{ \mathcal{F}_t \} $. I have been trying to show unsuccessfully that

$E[\ \sup_{ 0\leq u \leq t } |X_u|\ ] < \infty$.

Is this even true? I get a feeling that s not true but i can't show it either. I was trying to understand the solution of Exercise 3.24 in Chapter 1 of Karatzas and Shreve from

Problem 3.24 of "Brownian Motion & Stochastic Processes" by Karatzas and Shreve - Submartingales and stopping times.


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No, in general the assertion does not hold true - not even for martingales. You can find several counterexamples here.

What is, however, true is the following statement:

Let $(M_t)_{t \geq 0}$ be a martingale (or a positive submartingale) with càdlàg sample paths. Then $$\mathbb{E} \left( \sup_{s \leq t} |M_s| \right) \leq \frac{e}{e-1} \mathbb{E}(|M_t| |\log M_t|).$$

You can find a (sketch of the) proof for discrete martingale for instance in Revuz & Yor, Exercise 2.1.16; using standard approximation it can be easily extended to the time-continuous setting.

  • $\begingroup$ So it means that the part of the proof here math.stackexchange.com/questions/1500273/… where they prove the integrability of $X_t$ doesnt work? $\endgroup$ Mar 4, 2018 at 21:54
  • $\begingroup$ @user3503589 Yes, it seems so. $\endgroup$
    – saz
    Mar 5, 2018 at 6:39

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