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Expiration day effects of index futures and options: evidence from a market with a long settlement period


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  • Per Alkeback
  • Niclas Hagelin


This study examines index futures and options expiration day effects on the Swedish market. While the results for the period 1988-1998 indicate that trading volumes on the cash market were significantly higher on expiration days than on other days, no evidence suggesting that price distortions occurred is found. This could be due to the longer settlement period on the Swedish market, compared with that on the Canadian, German, and the US markets, where price distortions have been documented. However, some price distortion may have been experienced for the first half of the sample period, a finding which the cause for is discussed.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Financial Economics.

Volume (Year): 14 (2004)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Pages: 385-396

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Handle: RePEc:taf:apfiec:v:14:y:2004:i:6:p:385-396

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  2. Chung, Huimin & Hseu, Mei-Maun, 2008. "Expiration day effects of Taiwan index futures: The case of the Singapore and Taiwan Futures Exchanges," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 18(2), pages 107-120, April.
  3. Sumon Bhaumik & Suchismita Bose, 2007. "Impact of Derivatives Trading on Emerging Capital Markets: A Note on Expiration Day Effects in India," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series wp863, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
  4. S. Bhaumik & M. Karanasos & A. Kartsaklas, 2008. "Derivatives Trading and the Volume-Volatility Link in the Indian Stock Market," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series wp935, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
  5. Hsieh, Shu-Fan & Ma, Tai, 2009. "Expiration-day effects: Does settlement price matter?," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 18(2), pages 290-300, March.
  6. Joseph K.W. Fung & Haynes H.M. Yung, 2007. "Expiration-Day Effects - An Asian Twist," Working Papers 012007, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.


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