Information Chasing versus Adverse Selection
57 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2020 Last revised: 12 Aug 2021
Date Written: July 28, 2020
Contrary to the prediction of the classic adverse selection theory, more informed traders could receive better pricing relative to less informed traders in over-the-counter financial markets. Dealers actively chase informed orders to better position their future quotes and avoid winner's curse in subsequent trades. On a multi-dealer platform, dealers' incentive of information chasing exactly offsets their fear of adverse selection. In a more general setting, information chasing can dominate adverse selection when dealers face differentially informed speculators, while adverse selection dominates when dealers face differentially informed trades from a given speculator. These two seemingly contrasting predictions are supported by empirical evidence from the UK government bond market.
Keywords: Information Chasing, Adverse Selection, Over-the-Counter, Multi-Dealer Platform, Winner’s Curse, Pre-Trade and Post-Trade Transparency, Price Efficiency, Price Dispersion, Information Concentration
JEL Classification: G14, G18, D82
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