Market Liquidity and Institutional Trading During the 2007-8 Financial Crisis

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Ser-Huang Poon

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School

Michael Rockinger

University of Lausanne - School of Economics and Business Administration (HEC-Lausanne); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Swiss Finance Institute

Konstantinos Stathopoulos

The University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School

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Date Written: August 2012

Abstract

This paper shows that institutional sell-side herding increased bid-ask spreads and liquidity risk during the 2007-8 financial crisis. Such an impact on liquidity is most pronounced in firms with large numbers of institutions that sold the same stocks, that is, have correlated trades. For the same reason, we find institutional investors with a dedicated, buy-and-hold, investment style to be the least likely to herd; their trading activity did not affect stock market liquidity during the crisis. Our results are robust to alternative explanations, different test specifications and consistent with recent theories highlighting the negative impact of institutional trading activity on market liquidity during a crisis.

Keywords: Institutional Herding, Institutional Count, Institutional Holdings, Market Liquidity, Financial Crises

JEL Classification: G01, G14, G20

Suggested Citation

Poon, Ser-Huang and Rockinger, Georg Michael and Stathopoulos, Konstantinos, Market Liquidity and Institutional Trading During the 2007-8 Financial Crisis (August 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1868366 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1868366

Ser-Huang Poon

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