A trading desk's view of market quality by Robert Alan Schwartz, John Aidan Byrne, Antoinette Colaninno

By Robert Alan Schwartz, John Aidan Byrne, Antoinette Colaninno

This ebook is predicated at the court cases of a one-day convention on marketplace caliber, held on the Zicklin institution of commercial on April 30, 2002. a number of the questions addressed during this ebook are: How may still industry caliber be outlined, measured, monitored and greater? what's the proof concerning the present nation of our markets? How powerful have contemporary techniques been? How do we greater meet our investor wishes?

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22 A Trading Desk’s View of Market Quality inverse measure of market quality. S. ” ROBERT WOOD: What do they think, Deniz? I’ll tell you. I will present the results from two surveys of buyside and sellside traders. Bob Schwartz and Dan Weaver conducted the first. 11 The second is a survey that Bob, Deniz and I conducted with European traders. S. survey. The first question deals with liquidity. Exhibit 9. S. ” As shown in Exhibit 9, the predominant sentiment on both the buyside and the sellside is that liquidity has deteriorated.

Returns Added The returns are the slopes of the dotted lines. Sometimes the dotted lines slope up, sometimes they slope down. Sometimes they are relatively flat. Exhibit 7 is the same as Exhibit 6 with the donuts, triangles, and vertical lines removed. Chapter 1: Recent Evidence on Market Quality 15 Exhibit 7. Donuts, Triangles, and Vertical Lines Removed Exhibit 7 shows the dotted lines more clearly. I want to ask you all a question. Which is more volatile, P* or the transaction prices that we observe?

Controllable news releases (for instance, corporate acquisitions or earnings announcements) are not typically made in the first or last half-hour of trading. There must be something else that is driving the intra-day volatility pattern. The “U” shaped pattern is pervasive across the markets. At the NYSE (a sample of 72 Big Board stocks from the S&P 500), volatility is highest for the 9:30 – 10:00 period. At Nasdaq (a sample of 80 Nasdaq 100 stocks), volatility is clearly highest in the opening half-hour period.

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