Trade Execution Costs on NASDAQ and the NYSE: A Post-Reform Comparison
38 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 1998
Date Written: August 1998
Trade execution costs remain larger on Nasdaq as compared to the NYSE in the wake of new SEC-mandated order-handling rules and reductions in tick sizes, but the differential across markets is smaller than in earlier years. Cross-sectional regression analysis indicates that the differences in average trade execution costs are not explained by variation in observable economic factors. Quotations on both markets continue to cluster disproportionately on round fractions, and more so on Nasdaq than the NYSE, but quotation rounding appears not to be responsible or the greater Nasdaq execution costs. Preferencing agreements are highlighted as a likely reason that Nasdaq trade execution costs remain larger.
JEL Classification: G1, G2
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