Limit Orders, Depth, and Volatility
39 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 1999
Date Written: May 1999
We investigate the role of limit orders in the liquidity provision in the Hong Kong stock market, which is based on a computerized limit-order trading system. Consistent with Handa and Schwartz (1996), results show that market depth rises subsequent to an increase in transitory volatility, and transitory volatility declines subsequent to an increase in market depth. We also examine how transitory volatility affects the mix between limit orders and market orders. When transitory volatility arises from the ask (bid) side, investors will submit more limit sell (buy) orders than market sell (buy) orders. This result is consistent with the existence of limit-order traders who enter the market and place orders when liquidity is needed.
JEL Classification: G12, G14
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