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A sufficient and necessary condition for arbitrage-free pricing

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This paper derives a sufficient and necessary condition for arbitrage-free pricing, by the mathematical definition of linear dependency. It states that any pricing function that can be expressed as a linear combination of some of its partial derivatives inherently possesses the arbitrage-free property. This condition can serve as a quick 'reality check' to help search for arbitrage-free asset pricing.

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  • Chen Guo, 1996. "A sufficient and necessary condition for arbitrage-free pricing," The European Journal of Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 2(3), pages 289-295.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurjfi:v:2:y:1996:i:3:p:289-295 DOI: 10.1080/13518479600000009
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