Trading System Upgrades and Short-Sale Bans: Uncoupling the Effects of Technology and Regulation
43 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2016 Last revised: 24 May 2017
Date Written: May 23, 2017
We examine the market quality effects of technology upgrades juxtaposed with short-sale bans. Between 2011 and 2013, the Spanish Stock Exchange introduced a smart trading platform (SIBE-Smart) and colocation to facilitate high-speed trading, and they also imposed two short-sale bans. We find that the SIBE-Smart introduction, which occurs between the two short-sale bans, leads to reduced market quality. The introduction of colocation, which occurs during the second short-sale ban, improves market liquidity although it does not attract additional high-speed trading. Our results highlight how the effects of latency-reducing infrastructure improvements depend on, and differ across, different regulatory regimes.
Keywords: Technological Upgrades, SIBE-Smart, Colocation, Short-Sale Ban, High-Speed Trading, Equity Market Liquidity
JEL Classification: G14, L1
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