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Trading and rational security pricing bubbles

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  • Jean-Marc Bottazzi

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  • Jaime Luque

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  • Mario R. Pascoa

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Securities markets theory includes repo and distinguishes shorting from issuing. Here we revisit whether trading alone can give rise to Ponzi schemes and rational bubbles. We show that under the same institutional arrangements that limit re-hypothecation (e.g., through segregated haircut rules or explicit leverage constraints on haircut collecting dealers), (1) trading Ponzi schemes are prevented without having to assume uniform impatience, (2) for securities in positive net supply, bubbles are ruled out under complete markets but may occur when markets are incomplete. We give an example of such a bubble, under a finite present value of wealth.

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Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía in its series Economics Working Papers with number we1119.

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Handle: RePEc:cte:werepe:we1119

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Keywords: Repo; Short sale; Bubble; Repo specialness; Ponzi scheme; Leverage;

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