60 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2008 Last revised: 2 Aug 2013
Date Written: May 1, 2013
Stock liquidity has improved over the recent four decades. This improvement was accompanied by a dramatic increase in trading activity. The net effect on the liquidity premium is ambiguous. We show that the characteristic liquidity premium of U.S. stocks has significantly declined over the past four decades. In recent time periods characteristic liquidity is significantly priced only for the smallest common stocks. This decline stems from an improvement in liquidity, and from a lower sensitivity of expected returns to liquidity. By contrast, systematic liquidity has not been trending down, and is still significantly priced primarily among NASDAQ stocks.
Keywords: liquidity, illiquidity, liquidity premium, stock returns
JEL Classification: G12, G14
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Ben-Rephael, Azi and Kadan, Ohad and Wohl, Avi, The Diminishing Liquidity Premium (May 1, 2013). Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (JFQA), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1099829 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1099829
By Andrew Ang