Why do firms pay for liquidity provision in limit order markets?
AbstractIn recent years, a number of electronic limit order markets have reintroduced market makers for some securities (Designated Market Makers). This trend has mainly been initiated by financial intermediaries and listed firms themselves, without any regulatory pressure. In this paper we ask why firms are willing to pay to improve the secondary market liquidity of their shares. We show that a contributing factor in this decision is the likelihood that the firm will interact with the capital markets in the near future, either because they have capital needs, or that they are planning to repurchase shares. We also find some evidence of agency costs associated with the initiation of a market maker agreement as the probability of observing insider trades increases when liquidity improves.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Norges Bank in its series Working Paper with number 2010/12.
Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 30 Jun 2010
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Market liquidity; Corporate Finance; Designated Market Makers; Insider trading;
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- Skjeltorp, Johannes A & Odegaard, Bernt Arne, 2010. "Why do firms pay for liquidity provision in limit order markets?," UiS Working Papers in Economics and Finance 2010/3, University of Stavanger.
- G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
- G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
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- Benos, Evangelos & Wetherilt, Anne, 2012. "The role of designated market makers in the new trading landscape," Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin, Bank of England, vol. 52(4), pages 343-353.
- Rakkestad, Ketil & Skjeltorp, Johannes & Ødegaard, Bernt Arne, 2012. "The liquidity of the Secondary Market for Debt Securities in Norway," UiS Working Papers in Economics and Finance 2012/12, University of Stavanger.
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