Latent Liquidity: A New Measure of Liquidity, with an Application to Corporate Bonds
54 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2008
Date Written: November 2006
We present a new measure of liquidity known as "latent liquidity" and apply it to a unique corporate bond database. Latent liquidity is defined as the weighted average turnover of investors who hold a bond, where the weights are the fractional investor holdings. It can be used to measure liquidity in markets with sparse transactions data. This measure exhibits relationships with bond characteristics similar to those of other trade-based measures. For bonds that trade frequently, our measure has predictive power for both transaction costs and the price impact of trading, over and above trading activity and bond-specific characteristics thought to be related to liquidity.
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