Swap Trading after Dodd-Frank: Evidence from Index CDS
67 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2017 Last revised: 27 Aug 2019
Date Written: August 17, 2019
The Dodd-Frank Act mandates that certain standard OTC derivatives, also known as swaps, must be traded on swap execution facilities (SEFs). Using message-level data, we provide a granular analysis of dealers' and customers' trading behavior on the two largest dealer-to-customer SEFs for index CDS. On average, a typical customer contacts few dealers when seeking liquidity. A theoretical model shows that the benefit of competition through wider order exposure is mitigated by a winner's curse problem and dealer-customer relationships. Consistent with the model, we find that order size, market conditions, and customer-dealer relationships are important empirical determinants of customers' choice of trading mechanism and dealers' liquidity provision.
Keywords: Dodd-Frank Act, OTC Derivatives, Swaps, Swap Execution Facility, Request for Quotes, Auction, Competition, Winner's Curse, Relationship
JEL Classification: G01, G12, G14, G18
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