An Empirical Analysis of Stock and Bond Market Liquidity

Posted: 29 Mar 2004

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Tarun Chordia

Emory University - Department of Finance

Asani Sarkar

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Avanidhar Subrahmanyam

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Finance Area; Institute of Global Finance, UNSW Business School; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

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Abstract

We study the joint time-series of daily liquidity in government bond and stock markets over the period 1991 to 1998. Innovations in liquidity are positively and significantly correlated across stock and bond markets. Further, order imbalances in the stock market impact bond and stock liquidity, even after controlling for order imbalances in the bond market. Both results suggest the existence of a common liquidity factor in stock and bond markets. We consider monetary conditions and mutual fund flows as sources of order flow and as primitive determinants of liquidity. Monetary expansion enhances stock market liquidity during crises. U.S. government bond funds see higher inflows and equity funds see higher outflows during financial crises, and these flows are associated with decreased liquidity in stock and bond markets. Our results establish a link between macro liquidity, or money flows, and micro or transactions liquidity.

JEL Classification: G10, G14, G23, E52

Suggested Citation

Chordia, Tarun and Sarkar, Asani and Subrahmanyam, Avanidhar, An Empirical Analysis of Stock and Bond Market Liquidity. Review of Financial Studies, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=521542

Tarun Chordia

Emory University - Department of Finance ( email )

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Asani Sarkar (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )

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Avanidhar Subrahmanyam

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Finance Area ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
United States
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Institute of Global Finance, UNSW Business School

Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Financial Research Network (FIRN)

C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia

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