Download this Paper Open PDF in Browser

Information, Trade, and Derivative Securities

54 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 1997  

Michael J. Brennan

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Finance Area

H. Henry Cao

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Finance Area

Multiple version iconThere are 3 versions of this paper

Abstract

Hellwig's (1980) model isused to analyze the value of improvingtrading opportunities by more frequent trading in the underlying asset, or by trading in a derivative asset. With multiple trading sessions, uninformed investors behave as rational trend followers, while more informed investors follow a contrarian strategy. As trading becomes continuous, Pareto efficiency is achieved. With trading in an appropriate derivative security, Pareto efficiency may be achieved in only a single round of trading. All derivative claims are then priced on Black and Scholes (1973) principles and, in the absence of further supply shocks, no trading will take place in subsequent trading rounds.

JEL Classification: G13, G14

Suggested Citation

Brennan, Michael J. and Cao, H. Henry, Information, Trade, and Derivative Securities. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=39822 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.39822

Michael John Brennan (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Finance Area ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
United States
310-825 3587 (Phone)
310-206 8419 (Fax)

Huining Henry Cao

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Finance Area ( email )

Kenan-Flagler Business School
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
United States

Paper statistics

Downloads
437
Rank
54,335
Abstract Views
2,175