Illiquidity and Derivative Valuation

Economy – Quantitative Finance – Trading and Market Microstructure

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In illiquid markets, option traders may have an incentive to increase their portfolio value by using their impact on the dynamics of the underlying. We provide a mathematical framework within which to value derivatives under market impact in a multi-player framework by introducing strategic interactions into the Almgren & Chriss (2001) model. Specifically, we consider a financial market model with several strategically interacting players that hold European contingent claims and whose trading decisions have an impact on the price evolution of the underlying. We establish existence and uniqueness of equilibrium results and show that the equilibrium dynamics can be characterized in terms of a coupled system of possibly non-linear PDEs. For the linear cost function used in Almgren & Chriss (2001), we obtain (semi) closed form solutions for risk neutral or CARA investors. Finally, we indicate how spread crossing costs discourage market manipulation.

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