Do we need a European 'National Market System'? Competition, Arbitrage, and Suboptimal Executions
44 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2011 Last revised: 5 May 2011
Date Written: May 3, 2011
The introduction of the European Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) ended the quasi-monopoly of national exchanges in equity trading across Europe and many new trading platforms emerged. European trading venues are neither formally linked by technology nor does regulation enforce price-priority across platforms. This raises the question of market integration of fragmented markets. We find that quotes for UK blue chips are closely linked across trading venues and that a high fraction of trades is executed at best available prices. Our results suggest that competition forces competing but disconnected platforms to quote prices as if they were formally linked.
Keywords: Competition, Fragmentation, Market Quality, MiFID
JEL Classification: G10, G14, G18
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