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Competition in Securities Markets: The Impact on Liquidity

Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, 25(2), pp. 149-172

21 Pages Posted: 4 May 2012  

Michael Chlistalla

Goethe University Frankfurt Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Marco Lutat

Goethe University Frankfurt Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

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Date Written: June 1, 2010

Abstract

Competition for order flow has been widely documented for US markets, but it seems to be a relatively new phenomenon in European equities trading. Only with the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, which came into effect in November 2007, new trading venues have emerged in Europe that for the first time ever seriously threaten established exchanges. Chi-X, one of the new competitors, has gained a considerable market share, eroding the traditional exchanges' share of equities trading volumes. As the proliferation of new trading venues in Europe increases the danger of market fragmentation, this paper analyzes the potentially positive liquidity implications of a new trading venue. To this end, we examine the impact of the Chi-X market entry in French blue chip equities on the liquidity of their home market. Our findings suggest that in consequence of the new competitor’s market entry, liquidity in the most actively traded stocks has enhanced on the home market during the observation period. This improvement exceeds the general European liquidity trend measured by a matching firm approach, which implies that despite of a fragmentation of order flow market quality may even enhance.

Keywords: Electronic Market, Trading, Liquidity, Fragmentation, Exchanges

JEL Classification: G14

Suggested Citation

Chlistalla, Michael and Lutat, Marco, Competition in Securities Markets: The Impact on Liquidity (June 1, 2010). Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, 25(2), pp. 149-172. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1747645 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1747645

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Marco Lutat

Goethe University Frankfurt Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Grueneburgplatz 1
Frankfurt am Main, 60323
Germany

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