Informed Trading and Co-Illiquidity
61 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2021
Date Written: April 14, 2021
We study the link between informed trading and co-movement in illiquidity. We argue that investors concerned with liquidity and fire-sale shocks respond to an increase in informed trading by shifting their portfolios away from stocks with high information asymmetry. This rebalancing causes a substitution in ownership away from the investors who induce financial fragility and co-movement in illiquidity, reducing the co-illiquidity of affected stocks. We exploit two experiments – the SHO experiment and the short selling bans – that impact the incentives/ability of informed traders to trade. The results suggest that informed traders ameliorate co-movement in illiquidity, a major problem that emerged during the global financial crisis.
Keywords: Short-sales constraints, liquidity, commonality, informed trading
JEL Classification: G12, G14, G15
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