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Finance Seminar: Semyon Malamud, Swiss Finance Institute

Thursday, October 23, 2014
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Baxter B125
Price Discovery Through Options
Semyon Malamud, Assistant Professor of Finance, Swiss Finance Institute (SFI),

I develop a non-linear, noisy rational expectations equilibrium model with asymmetric information and a full menu of call and put options available for trading. The model allows for an arbitrary distribution of the underlying payoff and general trader preferences. I show that there is a major difference in equilibrium behaviour between models with constant absolute risk aversion (CARA) and non-CARA preferences due to wealth effects. First, if informed traders have non-CARA preferences, equilibrium is always fully revealing, independent of the amount of noise in the supply. Second, when informed traders have CARA preferences, but uninformed traders have non-CARA preferences, weak-form efficiency fails: For generic signal structures, there exists a range of price realizations for which asset prices are not sufficient to recover the information contained in the noisy aggregate demand.

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