The Rise of Fast Trading: Curse or Blessing for Liquidity?

Forthcoming in Finance, the French Finance Association Review

45 Pages Posted: 10 May 2019 Last revised: 10 Jun 2021

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Christophe Desagre

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Louvain Finance (LFIN); ICHEC Brussels Management School

Catherine D'Hondt

UCLouvain, Louvain School of Management - Louvain Finance

Mikael Petitjean

Catholic University of Lille - IÉSEG School of Management, Lille Campus; Lille Economie & Management (LEM) UMR 9221; Louvain School of Management (UCL); Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Louvain Finance (LFIN)

Date Written: June 10, 2021

Abstract

We study how market liquidity on Euronext has evolved with the rise of fast trading. We identify fast traders by directly measuring message traffic and the lifetime of orders for every individual market member on Euronext using their identification codes. We observe an overall improvement in terms of liquidity between 2002 and 2006. However, the most exposed stocks to fast trading exhibit the weakest increase in liquidity and lose the liquidity advantage they had before the rise of fast trading.

Keywords: Liquidity, Fast Trading, Stock Exchanges, Full Order Book, Market Member ID, Euronext

JEL Classification: G10, G20

Suggested Citation

Desagre, Christophe and D'Hondt, Catherine and Petitjean, Mikael, The Rise of Fast Trading: Curse or Blessing for Liquidity? (June 10, 2021). Forthcoming in Finance, the French Finance Association Review, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3192597 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3192597

Christophe Desagre (Contact Author)

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Catherine D'Hondt

UCLouvain, Louvain School of Management - Louvain Finance ( email )

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