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The Demand for Warrants and Issuer Pricing Strategies

Rainer Baule and Philip Blonski

Journal of Futures Markets, 2015, vol. 35, issue 12, 1195-1219

Abstract: We develop a model for the demand of warrants by individual investors with regard to their sensitivity to issuer margins, defined as the relative overpricing with respect to the theoretical value. Based on an empirical data set we show that investors are relatively margin‐sensitive; that is, given similar warrants from different issuers or warrants with similar characteristics, investors tend to buy those with the lowest margin. Investors are, however, not absolutely margin‐sensitive; that is, demand is not influenced by the overall margin level. Our model suggests an equilibrium with different issuer pricing strategies for different warrants in such a situation. Consistent with the model's predictions, we find that issuers vary their pricing with the moneyness of a warrant. We thus give an explanation for the dependence of issuer margins on a product's moneyness, which has been documented in the literature for several retail derivative products. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Jrl Fut Mark 35:1195–1219, 2015

Date: 2015
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