The Effect of Derivative Assets on Information Acquisition and Price Behavior in a Rational Expectations Equilibrium

Posted: 8 Sep 1998

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H. Henry Cao

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Finance Area

Abstract

This article shows that introducing derivative assets increases incentives to collect information about asset payoffs. The increase in information collection makes the price of the underlying asset more informative and causes the expected price to increase. Extending the model to a dynamic setting with multiple risky assets, we find that introducing derivative assets for one asset increases the expected prices of positively correlated assets and reduces price reaction to future earnings announcements. These findings are consistent with the bulk of the empirical evidence on the relationship between the introduction of derivative assets and the behavior of asset prices.

JEL Classification: G13, G14, G12

Suggested Citation

Cao, Huining Henry, The Effect of Derivative Assets on Information Acquisition and Price Behavior in a Rational Expectations Equilibrium. Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1, 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=122828

Huining Henry Cao (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Finance Area ( email )

Kenan-Flagler Business School
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
United States

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