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Transaction Costs of Large Orders, Trading Pace, and the Cost of Non-Execution
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School, Finance.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3404-4960
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Large orders are usually split into small pieces and traded over long time horizons. The order splitting reduces the price impact but increases the risk of non-execution. I show that the cost of non-execution can be substantial. By ignoring this cost, the literature underestimates the total transaction cost of large orders. Additionally, this article shows that investors can lower the cost of non-execution by speeding up the trading pace, which, however, increases the cost of successfully filled orders.  Investors’ choice of trading pace is associated with a trade-off where lowering one cost increases the other.

Keywords [en]
Market microstructure
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-173903OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-173903DiVA, id: diva2:1356516
Available from: 2019-10-01 Created: 2019-10-01 Last updated: 2019-10-02Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. New Insights on Computerized Trading: Implications of Frequently Revised Trading Decisions
Open this publication in new window or tab >>New Insights on Computerized Trading: Implications of Frequently Revised Trading Decisions
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Computerized trading may be viewed as an aspect of modernization of financial markets. This dissertation contains four articles that in different ways examine to what extent the modernization influences the economics of the markets.

Article 1 investigates transaction costs for large orders which are split up by execution algorithms to be executed in smaller pieces.  I find that the costs associated with not being able to execute all pieces are substantial. These costs can be lowered by speeding up the trading pace but at the expense of higher costs for the successfully executed pieces.

Article 2 investigates the strategies trading firms pursue in particular cases, known as toxic arbitrage opportunities. We find that trading firms, that otherwise behave as market makers, morph into liquidity takers as toxic arbitrage opportunities emerge. In contrast to common belief, market makers are net beneficiaries of toxic arbitrage, and this finding puts into question whether the amount of toxic arbitrage leads to wider bid-ask spreads.

Article 3 investigates the information content of limit orders in an alternative way by studying the price impact implied by the depth in the limit order book. I find that the price impact estimates are slightly lower relative to those from a structural vector auto regressive model, but slightly higher compared to those from a price impact regression. Thus, the limit order book implied price impact estimates match those from benchmark models, and this finding contradicts earlier research.

Article 4 investigates the economic rationale behind limit order cancellations. We put forth a model that explains the frequent limit order cancellations seen in today’s markets, and we test its predictions using a unique data set from Nasdaq. Our results points towards that frequent order cancellations is a benign feature of modern market making, as opposed to different types of manipulative behavior.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University, 2019. p. 18
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-173359 (URN)978-91-7797-869-5 (ISBN)978-91-7797-870-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-11-06, Gröjersalen, hus 3, Kräftriket, Roslagsvägen 101, Stockholm, 14:00 (English)
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Note

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 1: Manuscript. Paper 2: Manuscript. Paper 3: Manuscript. Paper 4: Manuscript.

Available from: 2019-10-14 Created: 2019-09-22 Last updated: 2019-10-18Bibliographically approved

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