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The slippage paradox


  • Steffen Bohn



Buying or selling assets leads to transaction costs for the investor. On one hand, it is well know to all market practionaires that the transaction costs are positive on average and present therefore systematic loss. On the other hand, for every trade, there is a buy side and a sell side, the total amount of asset and the total amount of cash is conserved. I show, that the apparently paradoxical observation of systematic loss of all participants is intrinsic to the trading process since it corresponds to a correlation of outstanding orders and price changes.

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  • Steffen Bohn, 2011. "The slippage paradox," Papers 1103.2214,
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1103.2214

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    1. Easley, David & López de Prado, Marcos M. & O'Hara, Maureen, 2014. "VPIN and the Flash Crash: A rejoinder," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 17(C), pages 47-52.
    2. Andersen, Torben G. & Bondarenko, Oleg, 2014. "Reflecting on the VPIN dispute," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 17(C), pages 53-64.

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