34 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2020 Last revised: 16 Aug 2020
Date Written: July 2020
Arbitrageurs with a short investment horizon gain from accelerating price discovery by advertising their private information. However, advertising many assets may overload investors' attention, reducing the number of informed traders per asset and slowing price discovery. So arbitrageurs optimally concentrate advertising on just a few assets, which they overweight in their portfolios. Unlike classic insiders, advertisers prefer assets with the least noise trading. If several arbitrageurs share information about the same assets, inefficient equilibria can arise, where investors' attention is overloaded and substantial mispricing persists. When they do not share, the overloading of investors' attention is maximal.
Keywords: advertising, limited attention, Limits to Arbitrage, price discovery
JEL Classification: D84, G11, G14, G2
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