Illiquidity Contagion and Liquidity Crashes
72 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2011 Last revised: 19 Feb 2014
Date Written: January 2014
Liquidity providers often learn information about an asset from prices of other assets. We show that this generates a self-reinforcing positive relationship between price informativeness and liquidity. This relationship causes liquidity spillovers and is a source of fragility: a small drop in the liquidity of one asset can, through a feedback loop, result in a very large drop in market liquidity and price informativeness (a liquidity crash). This feedback loop provides a new explanation for comovements in liquidity and liquidity dry-ups. It also generates multiple equilibria.
Keywords: Liquidity spillovers, Contagion, Liquidity Crashes, Multiple equilibria, Rational expectations
JEL Classification: G10, G12, G14
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