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Mathematics Colloquium


Date:  Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Title:  Van Eenam Lectures: The Amazing Power of Dimensional Analysis in Finance: Market Impact and the Intraday Trading Invariance Hypothesis

Abstract:  A basic problem when trading in financial markets is to analyze the prize movement caused by placing an order. Clearly we expect - ceteris paribus - that placing an order will move the price to the disadvantage of the agent. This price movement is called the market impact. Following the recent work of A. Kyle and A. Obizhaeva we apply dimensional analysis - a line of arguments wellknown in classical physics - to analyze to which extent the square root law applies. This universal law claims that the market impact is proportional to the square root of the size of the order. We also analyze the dependence of the trading activity on a stock, i.e. number of trades per unit of time, in dependence of some suitable explanatory variables. Dimensional analysis leads to a 2/3 law: the number of trades is proportional to the power 2/3 of the exchanged risk. The mathematical tools of this analysis reside on elementary linear algebra. Joint work with Mathias Pohl, Alexander Ristig and Ludovic Tangpi.

Speaker:  Walter Schachermayer
Institution:  University of Vienna


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