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High Frequency Trading and End-of-Day Price Dislocation


Douglas J. Cumming


York University - Schulich School of Business

Feng Zhan


Boler School of Business, John Carroll University

Michael J. Aitken


UNSW Australia Business School, School of Banking and Finance; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

October 28, 2013


Abstract:     
We show that the presence of high frequency trading (HFT) has significantly mitigated the frequency and severity of end-of-day price dislocation, counter to recent concerns expressed in the media. The effect of HFT is more pronounced on days when end of day price dislocation is more likely to be the result of market manipulation on days of option expiry dates and end of month. Moreover, the effect of HFT is more pronounced than the role of trading rules, surveillance, enforcement and legal conditions in curtailing the frequency and severity of end-of-day price dislocation. We show our findings are robust to different proxies of the start of HFT by trade size, cancellation of orders, and co-location.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 52

Keywords: High frequency trading, End-of-day price dislocation, Manipulation, Trading rules, Surveillance, Law and finance

JEL Classification: G12, G14, G18, K22

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Date posted: September 12, 2012 ; Last revised: November 22, 2013

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Cumming, Douglas J. and Zhan, Feng and Aitken, Michael J., High Frequency Trading and End-of-Day Price Dislocation (October 28, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2145565 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2145565

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Douglas J. Cumming
York University - Schulich School of Business ( email )
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada
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Feng Zhan (Contact Author)
Boler School of Business, John Carroll University ( email )
University Heights, OH 44118-4581
United States
Michael J. Aitken
UNSW Australia Business School, School of Banking and Finance ( email )
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia
+61 2 9299 1883 (Phone)
+61 2 9299 1830 (Fax)
Financial Research Network (FIRN)
C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia

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