Anonymous Trading in Equities

114 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2015 Last revised: 29 May 2020

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Tom Meling

University of Bergen; University of Chicago

Date Written: May 26, 2020

Abstract

I explore a reform at the Oslo Stock Exchange to assess the causal effect of post-trade trader anonymity on stock liquidity and trading volume. Using a regression discontinuity approach, I find that anonymity leads to a reduction in bid-ask spreads by 40% and an increase in trading volume by more than 50%. The increase in trading volume is mostly accounted for by increased trading activity by institutional investors, while retail investors do not adjust their trading behavior in response to anonymity. The results suggest positive effects of post-trade anonymity on standard measures of market quality.

Suggested Citation

Meling, Tom, Anonymous Trading in Equities (May 26, 2020). Journal of Finance, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2656161 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2656161

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