Bid-Ask Spreads, Trading Networks and the Pricing of Securitizations
Review of Financial Studies, Forthcoming.
64 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2014 Last revised: 13 Jan 2017
Date Written: December 27, 2016
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority began to collect transaction data from broker-dealers in 2011 as a step towards enhancing its understanding of securitization markets. We use transaction data to document the importance of the interdealer network structure for market quality. Some dealers are relatively central in the network and trade with many dealers, while others are more peripheral. Core dealers receive relatively lower and less dispersed spreads than peripheral dealers. We develop a model in which core and peripheral dealers trade with different customer clienteles and argue that the presence of relatively sophisticated customers in securitization markets explains these facts.
Keywords: Securitization; sophisticated investors; Rule 144A; network analysis; price discovery; OTC markets; bid-ask spreads; core dealers; peripheral dealers
JEL Classification: G12, G14, G23
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