Properly Discounted Asset Prices Are Semimartingales
18 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2019 Last revised: 21 Apr 2020
Date Written: October 3, 2019
We study general undiscounted asset price processes, which are only assumed to be non- negative, adapted and RCLL (but not a priori semimartingales). Traders are allowed to use simple (piecewise constant) strategies. We prove that under a discounting-invariant condition of absence of arbitrage, the original prices discounted by the value process of any simple strategy with positive wealth must follow semimartingales. We also establish a corresponding version of the fundamental theorem of asset pricing that involves supermartingale discounters with an additional strict positivity property.
Keywords: semimartingales, absence of arbitrage, discounting, dynamic share viability, simple strategies, no-short-sales constraints, NA1 for simple strategies, supermartingale discounter
JEL Classification: C00, G10
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation