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Implications of an Index-Contingent Trading Mechanism


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  • Wohl, Avi
  • Kandel, Shmuel


This article analyzes a call market that enables conditioning not only on an asset price but also on an index (a weighted average of stock prices) that is determined simultaneously with the prices of all assets. The authors compare two trading systems, with and without index conditioning, and find that, in the system with index conditioning, traders indeed use the facility of index conditioning, there is more 'depth' (liquidity) in the market, price fluctuations around 'true' values are lower, expected trading costs of liquidity traders are lower, and the expected utility of informed traders is lower than in a system without index conditioning. Copyright 1997 by University of Chicago Press.

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

Volume (Year): 70 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 471-88

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Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:70:y:1997:i:4:p:471-88

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  1. Schellhorn, Henry, 2011. "A trading mechanism contingent on several indices," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 213(3), pages 551-558, September.
  2. Giovanni Cespa, 2001. "A comparison of stock market mechanisms," Economics Working Papers 545, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, revised Nov 2003.
  3. Ledyard, John O. & Bossaerts, Peter & Fine, Leslie., 2000. "Inducing Liquidity In Thin Financial Markets Through Combined-Value Trading Mechanisms," Working Papers, California Institute of Technology, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences 1095, California Institute of Technology, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  4. Lauterbach, B. & Wohl, A., 2001. "A note on price noises and their correction process: Evidence from two equal-payoff government bonds," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 25(3), pages 597-612, March.


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