Do Liquidity Proxies Measure Liquidity Accurately in ETFs?
48 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2015 Last revised: 31 Jul 2017
Date Written: April 21, 2017
We document the performance of liquidity proxies in ETFs. Most proxies are developed for use in equities. However, ETFs have lower asymmetric information, more algorithmic trading, and an active primary market where units are frequently created and redeemed. Using a comprehensive database of over 600 ETFs, we find that despite the differences between ETF and stock liquidity, proxies such as Daily Spread, High-Low, Close-High-Low, and Amihud all do a good job of capturing changes in effective and quoted spread transaction costs. However, no proxies accurately reflect movements in price impact or the level of actual transaction costs.
Keywords: Liquidity Measurement, Liquidity Proxy, Transaction Costs, Exchange Traded Funds, ETF
JEL Classification: G11, G23
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