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Limits to Arbitrage when Market Participation Is Restricted

  • Thorsten Hens
  • P. Jean-Jacques Herings
  • Arkadi Predtetchinskii

There is an extensive literature claiming that it is often difficult to make use of arbitrage opportunities in nancial markets. This paper provides a new reason why existing arbitrage opportunities might not be seized. We consider a world with short-lived securities, no short-selling constraints and no transaction costs. We show that to exploit all existing arbitrage opportunities, traders should pay attention to all nancial markets simultaneously. It gives a general result stating that failure to do so will leave some arbitrage oppor- tunies unexploited with probability one.

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Paper provided by Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich in its series IEW - Working Papers with number 176.

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