Non-Fundamental Speculation Revisited
15 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2017
Date Written: February 20, 2017
We show that a linear pure strategy equilibrium may not exist in Madrigal's (1996, Journal of Finance) setup, contrary to the claim of the original paper. This is because Madrigal's characterization of a pure strategy equilibrium omits a second-order condition. If the non-fundamental speculator's information about noise trading is sufficiently precise, a linear pure strategy equilibrium fails to exist. In parameter regions where a pure strategy equilibrium does exist, we identify a few calculation errors in Madrigal (1996) that result in misleading implications.
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