In this paper we propose an artificial market where multiple risky assets are exchanged. Agentsare constrained by the availability of resources and trade to adjust their portfolio according toan exogenously given target portfolio. We model the trading mechanism as a continuousauction order-driven market. Agents are heterogeneous in terms of desired target portfolioallocations, but they are homogeneous in terms of trading strategies. We investigate therole played by the trading mechanism in affecting the dynamics of prices, trading volumeand volatility. We show that the institutional setting of a double auction market is sufficientto generate a non-normal distribution of price changes and temporal patterns thatresemble those observed in real markets. Moreover, we highlight the role played by theinteraction between individual wealth constraints and the market frictions associatedwith a double auction system to determine the negative asymmetry of the stock returnsdistribution.
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2005|
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