Trading Protocols and Price Discovery: Implicit Transaction Costs in Indian Single Stock Futures
23 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2019 Last revised: 7 Apr 2020
Date Written: August 15, 2019
We showhowtrading protocols impede the price discovery process in single stock futures as implicit trade costs outweigh explicit costs. Despite the trade volume dominance, trade and leverage cost efficiency, the futures market accounts for only 35% of the price discovery vis-à-vis the spot market. Specifically, futures market’s informational efficiency is adversely affected by market frictions in the formof market wide position limits, minimum contract values and margin requirements.
Keywords: Market wide position limits, minimum contract value, trading protocols, single stock futures
JEL Classification: G13, G14
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