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A theory of the evolution of derivatives markets

Axelson, Ulf (2013) A theory of the evolution of derivatives markets. Financial Markets Group Discussion Papers (723). Financial Markets Group, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This paper develops a theory of the opening and dynamic development of a futures market with competing exchanges. The optimal contract design involves a trade-o¤ between the hedging potential of a contract and it's degree of substitution with competing contracts. As design costs go down slowly, more exchanges enter, but if costs go down fast or reach zero, markets consolidate (fewer number of exchanges). I develop implications for how the hedging potential and cross-correlation between contracts develop over time. I extend the model to a case where demand is uncertain before trade has been observed, and perform comparative statics on the social e¢ ciency of market opening. For markets with equivalent expected surplus, the propensity of markets to open are negatively related to the probability of further entry and the ex ante uncertainty, and positively related to the time lag between innovations.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: Finance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
JEL classification: G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G10 - General
G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G13 - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2014 16:32
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2023 12:30

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