Mid-Day Call Auctions
56 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2021
Date Written: June 15, 2021
In illiquid and fragmented limit order book markets, asynchronously arriving buyers and sellers have a coordination problem. This problem is particularly strong mid-day, when trading is generally thin. We evaluate a market structure reform at Nasdaq Nordic, where the continuous trading session is replaced mid-day by a five-minute call auction. We find that the mid-day call auction works as a coordination device, reducing transitory price impact. The call auction attracts end investors rather than intermediaries. Stocks with greater end investor flows show stronger benefits of the call auction. The results indicate that mid-day auctions can improve continuous markets.
Keywords: illiquidity, coordination problem, frequent batch auctions, fragmentation
JEL Classification: G14, G15, G23
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