What Constrains Liquidity Provision? Evidence From Hedge Fund Trades

45 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2013 Last revised: 11 Nov 2014

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Francesco A. Franzoni

USI Lugano; Swiss Finance Institute; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Alberto Plazzi

Swiss Finance Institute; Universita' della Svizzera italiana

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Date Written: May 30, 2013


The paper investigates the determinants of limits of arbitrage for liquidity providers. Using data on institutional transactions, we compare hedge fund trades to those of other institutions. We find that hedge funds' liquidity supply is more relevant for stock-level liquidity, but it is also more exposed to financial conditions than that of other institutions. We identify leverage, low redemptions restrictions, asset illiquidity, and reputational capital as a sufficient set of characteristics that explain the exposure of hedge funds' liquidity supply to funding conditions. Finally, we find that the trades of financially constrained hedge funds underperform for at least one quarter following negative funding shocks.

Keywords: hedge funds, limits of arbitrage, liquidity provision, trading costs, funding liquidity

JEL Classification: G20, G23

Suggested Citation

Franzoni, Francesco A. and Plazzi, Alberto, What Constrains Liquidity Provision? Evidence From Hedge Fund Trades (May 30, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2336051 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2336051

Francesco A. Franzoni

USI Lugano ( email )

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Swiss Finance Institute


Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

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Swiss Finance Institute ( email )

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Universita' della Svizzera italiana ( email )

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