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Towards a General Theory of Bond Markets


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  • Björk, Tomas

    (Department of Finance)

  • di Masi, Giovanni

    (Dipartimento di Matematica Pura et Applicata)

  • Kabanov, Yuri

    (Laboratoire de Mathématiques)

  • Runggaldier, Wolfgang

    (Dipartimento di Matematica Pura et Applicata)


The main purpose of the paper is to provide a mathematical background for the theory of bond markets similar to that available for stock markets. We suggest two constructions of stochastic integrals with respect to processes taking values in a space of continuous functions. Such integrals are used to define the evolution of the value of a portfolio of bonds corresponding to a trading strategy which is a measure- valued predictable process. The existence of an equivalent martingale measure is discussed and HJM-type conditions are derived for a jump-diffusion model. The question of market completeness is considered as a problem of the range of a certain integral operator. We introduce a concept of approximate market completeness and show that a market is approximately complete if an equivalent martingale measure is unique.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 143.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Dec 1996
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Publication status: Published in Finance and Stochastics, 1997, pages 141-174.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0143

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Keywords: Bond market; term structure of interest rates; stochastic integral; Banach space-valued integrators; measure-valued portfolio; jump-diffusion model; martingale measure; arbitrage; market completeness;

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  2. Rama Cont, 2005. "Modeling Term Structure Dynamics: An Infinite Dimensional Approach," International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance (IJTAF), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 8(03), pages 357-380.
  3. Hinnerich, Mia, 2008. "Inflation-indexed swaps and swaptions," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 32(11), pages 2293-2306, November.
  4. Gapeev, Pavel V., 2004. "On arbitrage and Markovian short rates in fractional bond markets," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 70(3), pages 211-222, December.
  5. Kühn, Christoph & Stroh, Maximilian, 2013. "Continuous time trading of a small investor in a limit order market," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 123(6), pages 2011-2053.
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