Speaker: Bin Zou from University of Connecticut
Time: 10/22/2020, 2:00 – 2:50pm
Zoom: 992 7853 8762
Abstract: We incorporate margin constraint and default aversion into the study of Bitcoin futures. The margin constraint limits an investor’s ability to satisfy the margin requirement in futures trading, while losses exceeding the margin constraint leads to a default event. The investor seeks an optimal strategy with dual objectives to minimize the risk of her hedged portfolio and the default probability. By using minute-level data across several dominant Bitcoin spot and futures markets, we conduct empirical analysis and find that both margin constraint and default aversion have a major impact on the optimal strategy and its performance in risk reduction. The optimal strategy achieves superior hedge effectiveness overall and helps reduce the default probability and implied leverage to an acceptable level. Based on a joint work with Carol Alexander (University of Sussex) and Jun Deng (University of International Business and Economics).