The impact of off-market trading on liquidity

evidence from the Australian options market

Andrew Lepone*, Jin Young Yang

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study investigates the impact of reducing the contract size threshold for offmarket trading on transaction costs in an options market. This study provides evidence that market makers compete more aggressively for small-to-medium trades and quote mid-size depths more often after the regime change. Results also indicate that small-to-medium trades incur lower transaction costs; however, large trades that are executed on the central limit order book do not benefit from the structural transition. Given recent frictions imposed by regulators on equity markets, these results suggest that options markets provide an effective means for investors to replicate short-selling in underlying securities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-377
Number of pages17
JournalThe Journal of Futures Markets
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes

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