46 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2019 Last revised: 7 Sep 2021
Date Written: September 7, 2021
Asset markets often exhibit a tiered trading structure, where dealers make markets for clients, taking into account future opportunities to unwind positions through trades with other dealers. The extent to which dealers successfully unwind is complicated by the fact that individual market-making activities can cause them to become asymmetrically informed, a situation that can be lessened or worsened by post-trade reporting. A rent-seeking platform that sells information on trades has an incentive to maximize this informational asymmetry, thus maximizing the value of the information it sells. This can result in the lowest liquidity provision that is obtainable in equilibrium under any exogenously fixed post-trade information structure.
Keywords: inter-dealer markets, liquidity, information design, platforms
JEL Classification: D62, D82, G14, G23
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