JFRM  Vol.4 No.3 , September 2015
Granular and Star-Shaped Price Systems
ABSTRACT
Linear price systems, typically used to model “perfect” markets, are widely known not to accommodate most of the typical frictions featured in “actual” ones. Since some years, “proportional” frictions (taxes, bid-ask spreads, and so on) are modeled by means of sublinear price functionals, which proved to give a more “realistic” description. In this paper, we want to introduce two more classes of functionals, not yet widely used in Mathematical Finance, which provide a further improvement and an even closer adherence to actual markets, namely the class of granular functionals, obtained when the unit prices of traded assets are increasing w.r.t. the traded amount; and the class of star-shaped functionals, obtained when the average unit prices of traded assets are increasing w.r.t. the traded amount. A characterisation of such functionals, together with their relationships with arbitrages and other (more significant) market inefficiencies, is explored.

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Castagnoli, E., De Donno, M., Favero, G., & Modesti, P. (2015) Granular and Star-Shaped Price Systems. Journal of Financial Risk Management, 4, 227-249. doi: 10.4236/jfrm.2015.43018.
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