Cross-Asset Market Order Flow, Liquidity, and Price Discovery
57 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2019
Date Written: October 17, 2019
Cross-asset market activity can be a channel through which illiquidity risks originating in one market can propagate to others. This paper examines the complex intra-day linkages between the U.S. equity securities market and the equity derivatives market using high-frequency data on S&P 500 index exchange-traded funds and E-mini futures contracts. The paper finds a positive, but short-lived, relationship between the two markets' order flow activities, which relates to the supply, demand, and withdrawal of liquidity between the two markets. The paper also finds that cross-asset market order flow is a key component of liquidity and price discovery, particularly during periods of market volatility.
Keywords: cross-market arbitrage, order flow, liquidity, market structure, automated markets
JEL Classification: G12, G13, G14
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