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Optimal investment, Derivative Demand and Arbitrage under Price Impact


Sep 23, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm


Rettaliata Engineering Center, Room 119


Michail Anthropelos
Department of Banking and Financial Management, University of Piraeus


This paper studies the optimal investment problem with random endowment in an inventory-based price impact model with competitive market makers. Our goal is to analyze how price impact affects optimal policies, as well as both pricing rules and demand schedules for contingent claims. For exponential market makers preferences, we establish two effects due to price impact: constrained trading, and non-linear hedging costs. To the former, wealth processes in the impact model are identified with those in a model without impact, but with constrained trading, where the (random) constraint set is generically neither closed nor convex. Regarding hedging, non-linear hedging costs motivate the study of arbitrage free prices for the claim. We provide three such notions, which coincide in the frictionless case, but which dramatically differ in the presence of price impact. Additionally, we show arbitrage opportunities, should they arise from claim prices, can be exploited only for limited position sizes, and may be ignored if outweighed by hedging considerations. We also show that arbitrage inducing prices may arise endogenously in equilibrium in a segmented markets setting. This is a joint work with S. Roberson and K. Spiliopoulos (BU).

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Department of Applied Mathematics - Mathematical Finance and Stochastic Analysis Seminar