22 Dec

Schneider, M. and Lillo, F. (2016) Cross-Impact and No-Dynamic-Arbitrage


We extend the “No-dynamic-arbitrage and market impact”-framework of Jim Gatheral [Quantitative Finance, 10(7): 749-759 (2010)] to the multidimensional case where trading in one asset has a cross-impact on the price of other assets. From the condition of absence of dynamical arbitrage we derive theoretical limits for the size and form of cross-impact that can be directly verified on data. For bounded decay kernels we find that cross-impact must be an odd and linear function of trading intensity and cross-impact from asset i to asset j must be equal to the one from j to i. To test these constraints we estimate cross-impact among sovereign bonds traded on the electronic platform MOT. While we find significant violations of the above symmetry condition of cross-impact, we show that these are not arbitrageable with simple strategies because of the presence of the bid-ask spread.