Derivatives and Market (Il)liquidity

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Shiyang Huang

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Business and Economics

Bart Z. Yueshen

INSEAD - Finance

Cheng Zhang

Victoria University of Wellington

Date Written: May 8, 2020


We study how derivatives (with nonlinear payoffs) affect the liquidity of their underlying assets. In a
noisy rational expectations equilibrium, informed investors expect low conditional volatility and sell
derivatives to others. These derivative trades affect investors' utility differently, possibly amplifying
liquidity risk. As investors delta hedge their derivative positions, price impact in the underlying
drops, suggesting improved liquidity, because informed trading is diluted. In contrast, effects on
price reversal are ambiguous, depending on investors’ relative delta hedging sensitivity, i.e., the
gamma of the derivatives. The model cautions of potential disconnections between illiquidity
measures and liquidity risk premium due to derivatives trading.

Keywords: derivatives, options, liquidity risk premium, liquidity measure, price impact, price reversal

JEL Classification: G12, G13, G14

Suggested Citation

Huang, Shiyang and Yueshen, Bart Zhou and Zhang, Cheng, Derivatives and Market (Il)liquidity (May 8, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Shiyang Huang

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Business and Economics ( email )

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Bart Zhou Yueshen

INSEAD - Finance ( email )

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Cheng Zhang (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington ( email )

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Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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