Price Discovery in the U.S. Treasury Market: The Impact of Orderflow and Liquidity on the Yield Curve
Michael W. Brandt
Duke University - Fuqua School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Kenneth A. Kavajecz
Syracuse University - Whitman School; University of Wisconsin, Madison - Department of Finance, Investment and Banking
Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research Working Paper No. 14-02
We examine the role of price discovery in the U.S. Treasury market through the empirical relationship between orderflow, liquidity and the yield curve. We find that orderflow imbalances (excess buying or selling pressure) can account for as much as 26 percent of the day-to-day variation in yields on days without major macroeconomic announcements. The effect of orderflow on yields is permanent and strongest when liquidity is low. All of the evidence points toward an important role of price discovery in understanding the behavior of the yield curve.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 38
Date posted: December 2, 2002
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