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Limits to Arbitrage when Market Participation Is Restricted


Hens, Thorsten; Herings, Jean-Jacques; Predtetchinskii, Arkadi (2003). Limits to Arbitrage when Market Participation Is Restricted. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 176, University of Zurich.

Abstract

There is an extensive literature claiming that it is often di*cultnto make use of arbitrage opportunities in *nancial markets. Thisnpaper provides a new reason why existing arbitrage opportunitiesnmight not be seized. We consider a world with short-lived securities,nno short-selling constraints and no transaction costs. We show thatnto exploit all existing arbitrage opportunities, traders should paynattention to all *nancial markets simultaneously. It gives a generalnresult stating that failure to do so will leave some arbitrage oppor-ntunies unexploited with probability one.

There is an extensive literature claiming that it is often di*cultnto make use of arbitrage opportunities in *nancial markets. Thisnpaper provides a new reason why existing arbitrage opportunitiesnmight not be seized. We consider a world with short-lived securities,nno short-selling constraints and no transaction costs. We show thatnto exploit all existing arbitrage opportunities, traders should paynattention to all *nancial markets simultaneously. It gives a generalnresult stating that failure to do so will leave some arbitrage oppor-ntunies unexploited with probability one.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:December 2003
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 22:32
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:10
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-52072

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