A Simple Microstructural Explanation of Concave Pice Impact
23 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2020
Date Written: January 7, 2020
This article describes a simple model of market microstructure which explains a concave price impact. In the proposed model, the local relationship between the order flow and the fundamental price (i.e. the local price impact) is linear, which makes the model dynamically consistent. Nevertheless, the expected impact on midprice from a large sequence of co -directional trades is nonlinear and asymptotically concave. The main practical conclusion of the model is that, throughout a meta-order, the volumes at the best bid and ask prices change (on average) in favor of the executor. This conclusion, in turn, relies on two more concrete
predictions of the model, one of which is tested using publicly available market data without the information about meta-orders.
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