Bid-Ask Spreads, Volatility, Quote Revisions, and Trades of Thinly Traded Futures Contracts

33 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2003

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Charlie Charoenwong

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

David K. Ding

Singapore Management University - Lee Kong Chian School of Business

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Abstract

In this paper, intraday characteristics of thinly traded equity index futures contracts from the Singapore Exchange are examined. Though the BAS pattern during the trading day appears quite flat, an increase in risk widens the spread and a higher trading activity reduces it. The difference in volatility between days with and without trades is not significant. When trades do occur, there are more quote revisions, which is positively related to the number of trades. Higher quote revisions increase the likelihood of transactions and, when quotes are current, revisions that are accompanied by trades carry new information. We provide evidence that thinly traded contracts can be liquid if their price quotes are current.

Keywords: Thinly traded futures contracts, Bid-ask spreads, Singapore Exchange

JEL Classification: G15, N25

Suggested Citation

Charoenwong, Charlie and Ding, David K., Bid-Ask Spreads, Volatility, Quote Revisions, and Trades of Thinly Traded Futures Contracts. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=332840 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.332840

Charlie Charoenwong

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