Information and the Value of Execution Guarantees
Cornell University - Operations Research & Industrial Engineering
Stanford University - Management Science & Engineering
Ciamac C. Moallemi
Columbia Business School - Decision Risk and Operations
June 6, 2012
In many markets, uncertainty about whether a trade is executed can be removed by paying a price premium. We use financial markets as a particular setting in which to study this trade-off. In particular, we assess the role of information in the choice between certain trade at a price premium in an intermediated dealer market and contingent trade in a dark pool. Our setting consists of intrinsic traders and speculators, each endowed with heterogeneous fine-grained private information as to an asset's value, that endogenously decide between these two venues. We solve for an equilibrium in this setting, and address three main questions: First, we illustrate how the choice between certain and contingent trade depends on information available to an individual agent, as well as the overall distribution of information across all agents. Second, we analyze how the premium for certain trade over contingent trade affects the strategic behavior of traders. Finally, we demonstrate how the option for contingent trade affects the ability of intermediating market makers to set transaction costs to maximize profit.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: execution guarantees, dark pools, adverse selection
Date posted: April 16, 2012 ; Last revised: June 7, 2012
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