The Cost of Immediacy for Corporate Bonds

74 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2012 Last revised: 20 Feb 2018

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Jens Dick-Nielsen

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Finance

Marco Rossi

Texas A&M

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Date Written: February 19, 2018


Liquidity provision for corporate bonds has become significantly more expensive after the 2008 crisis. Using index exclusions as a natural experiment during which uninformed index trackers request immediacy, we find that the cost of immediacy has more than doubled. In addition, the supply of immediacy has become more elastic with respect to its price. Consistent with a stringent regulatory environment incentivizing smaller dealer inventories, we also fi nd that dealers revert deviations from their target inventory more quickly after the crisis. Finally, we investigate the pricing impact of information, changes in ownership structure, and differences between bank and non-bank dealers.

Keywords: Dealer inventory, Lehman/Barclay bond index, Market making, Transaction costs, Dodd-Frank Act

JEL Classification: C23, G12

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Dick-Nielsen, Jens and Rossi, Marco, The Cost of Immediacy for Corporate Bonds (February 19, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Jens Dick-Nielsen (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Finance ( email )

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Marco Rossi

Texas A&M ( email )

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College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

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