Strategic Insider Trading in Continuous Time: A New Approach
31 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2019
Date Written: August 22, 2019
The continuous-time version of Kyle's (1985) model of asset pricing with asymmetric information is studied, and generalized by allowing time-varying noise trading. From rather simple assumptions we are able to derive the optimal trade for an insider; the trading intensity satisfies a deterministic integral equation, given perfect inside information, which we give a closed form solution to. We use a new technique called forward integration in order to find the optimal trading strategy. This is an extension of the stochastic integral which takes account of the informational asymmetry inherent in this problem. The market makers' price response is found by the use of filtering theory. The novelty is our approach, which could be extended in scope.
Keywords: insider trading, asymmetric information, strategic trade, filtering theory, forward integration
JEL Classification: G00
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