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Incorporating signals into optimal trading

Charles-Albert Lehalle () and Eyal Neuman ()
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Charles-Albert Lehalle: Capital Fund Management
Eyal Neuman: CFM-Imperial College Institute

Finance and Stochastics, 2019, vol. 23, issue 2, 275-311

Abstract: Abstract We incorporate a Markovian signal in the optimal trading framework which was initially proposed by Gatheral et al. (Math. Finance 22:445–474, 2012) and provide results on the existence and uniqueness of an optimal trading strategy. Moreover, we derive an explicit singular optimal strategy for the special case of an Ornstein–Uhlenbeck signal and an exponentially decaying transient market impact. The combination of a mean-reverting signal along with a market impact decay is of special interest, since they affect the short term price variations in opposite directions. Later, we show that in the asymptotic limit where the transient market impact becomes instantaneous, the optimal strategy becomes continuous. This result is compatible with the optimal trading framework which was proposed by Cartea and Jaimungal (Appl. Math. Finance 20:512–547, 2013). In order to support our models, we analyse nine months of tick-by-tick data on 13 European stocks from the NASDAQ OMX exchange. We show that order book imbalance is a predictor of the future price move and has some mean-reverting properties. From this data, we show that market participants, especially high-frequency traders, use this signal in their trading strategies.

Keywords: Optimal portfolio liquidation; Market impact; Optimal stochastic control; Predictive signals; 93E20; 60H30; 91G80 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C02 C61 G11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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