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Dynamic Strategic Arbitrage

Vincent Fardeau

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management gemeinnützige GmbH

June 5, 2012

AFA 2013 San Diego Meetings Paper

Real-world arbitrage often involves a limited number of large financial intermediaries (e.g. dealers, hedge funds) with price impact. I study a multi-period model of imperfectly competitive arbitrage, in which supply shocks generate price di fferences between two identical assets traded in segmented markets. Arbitrageurs seeking to exploit these price differences split up their orders to limit their price impact. I show that this mechanism and specific supply shock patterns can explain the empirical evidence that i) identical assets can trade at di fferent prices, ii) these price differences revert slowly over time, as if capital was slow-moving, iii) the sign of price differences can switch over time, iv) market depth is time-varying. The model also off ers new testable predictions, in particular that the market structure is a driver of arbitrage speed and changes in market depth, and shows that strategic arbitrageurs do not necessarily o ffset increases in arbitrage risk.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: Strategic arbitrage, liquidity, limits of arbitrage

JEL Classification: G12, G20, L12

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Date posted: January 14, 2012 ; Last revised: November 16, 2012

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Fardeau, Vincent, Dynamic Strategic Arbitrage (June 5, 2012). AFA 2013 San Diego Meetings Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1984896 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1984896

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Vincent Fardeau (Contact Author)
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management gemeinnützige GmbH ( email )
Sonnemannstraße 9-11
Frankfurt am Main, 60314
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