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Market Making, the Tick Size, and Payment-for-Order Flow: Theory and Evidence

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  • Chordia, Tarun
  • Subrahmanyam, Avanidhar

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The authors analyze the effects of a finite tick size and the practice of 'payment-for-order flow' on market competition. Even if the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) reservation price is superior to its non-NYSE counterpart, brokers may, because of payment-for-order flow, prefer to execute orders off the NYSE floor. In accordance with the implications of the model, empirical analysis suggests that non-NYSE marketmakers trade a larger fraction of the smaller order sizes and offer fewer price improvement opportunities and that large companies appear to have enhanced price improvement opportunities on the NYSE. Copyright 1995 by University of Chicago Press.

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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Business.

Volume (Year): 68 (1995)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 543-75

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Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:68:y:1995:i:4:p:543-75

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  1. Li, Mingsheng & McCormick, Timothy & Zhao, Xin, 2005. "Order imbalance and liquidity supply: Evidence from the bubble burst of Nasdaq stocks," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 12(4), pages 533-555, September.
  2. He, Chen & Odders-White, Elizabeth & Ready, Mark J., 2006. "The impact of preferencing on execution quality," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 9(3), pages 246-273, August.
  3. Griffiths, Mark D. & Smith, Brian F. & Turnbull, D. Alasdair S. & White, Robert W., 1998. "The Role of Tick Size in Upstairs Trading and Downstairs Trading," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 7(4), pages 393-417, October.
  4. Subrahmanyam, Avanidhar, 1997. "Multi-market trading and the informativeness of stock trades: An empirical intraday analysis," Journal of Economics and Business, Elsevier, vol. 49(6), pages 515-531.
  5. Michael A. Goldstein & Kenneth A. Kavajecz, . "Eighths, Sixteenths and Market Depth: Changes in Tick Size and Liquidity Provision on the NYSE," Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research Working Papers 14-98, Wharton School Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research.
  6. Kadan, Ohad, 2006. "So who gains from a small tick size?," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 15(1), pages 32-66, January.
  7. Chordia, Tarun & Roll, Richard & Subrahmanyam, Avanidhar, 2005. "Evidence on the speed of convergence to market efficiency," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 76(2), pages 271-292, May.
  8. Ahn, Hee-Joon & Cao, Charles Q. & Choe, Hyuk, 1998. "Decimalization and competition among stock markets: Evidence from the Toronto Stock Exchange cross-listed securities," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 1(1), pages 51-87, April.
  9. Sabrina Buti & Barbara Rindi & Yuanji Wen & Ingrid M. Werner, 2013. "Tick Size Regulation and Sub-Penny Trading," Working Papers 492, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.
  10. Anand, Amber & Gatchev, Vladimir A. & Madureira, Leonardo & Pirinsky, Christo A. & Underwood, Shane, 2011. "Geographic proximity and price discovery: Evidence from NASDAQ," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 14(2), pages 193-226, May.
  11. Chung, Kee H. & Chuwonganant, Chairat & McCormick, D. Timothy, 2004. "Order preferencing and market quality on NASDAQ before and after decimalization," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 71(3), pages 581-612, March.
  12. Ronen, Tavy & Weaver, Daniel G., 2001. "'Teenies' anyone?," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 4(3), pages 231-260, June.
  13. Bessembinder, Hendrik & Kaufman, Herbert M., 1997. "A cross-exchange comparison of execution costs and information flow for NYSE-listed stocks," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(3), pages 293-319, December.
  14. Parlour, Christine A. & Rajan, Uday, 2003. "Payment for order flow," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(3), pages 379-411, June.
  15. Chordia, Tarun & Roll, Richard & Subrahmanyam, Avanidhar, 2008. "Liquidity and market efficiency," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 87(2), pages 249-268, February.

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