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Price formation and transparency on the London Stock Exchange

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  • Victoria Saporta
  • Giorgio Trebeschi
  • Anne Vila

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This paper contributes to the empirical market microstructure literature on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) by producing model-based estimates of the spread and its components. The paper applies the same approach to test for changes in the determinants of price formation following the January 1996 change in the market's publication rules. The results suggest that order-processing costs are a far more important determinant of the LSE spread than the literature has so far presumed. Consistent with existing research findings, no discernible effect of post-trade transparency on market liquidity was found.

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Paper provided by Bank of England in its series Bank of England working papers with number 95.

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Date of creation: Apr 1999
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Handle: RePEc:boe:boeewp:95

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Cited by:
  1. Marco di Maggio & Marco Pagano, 2012. "Financial Disclosure and Market Transparency with Costly Information Processing," CSEF Working Papers 323, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy, revised 23 Oct 2013.
  2. Madhavan, Ananth & Porter, David & Weaver, Daniel, 2005. "Should securities markets be transparent?," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 8(3), pages 265-287, August.
  3. He, Yinghua & Nielsson, Ulf & Guo, Hong & Yang, Jiong, 2012. "Subscribing to Transparency," TSE Working Papers 12-351, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), revised Nov 2013.
  4. Angelidis, Timotheos & Andrikopoulos, Andreas, 2010. "Idiosyncratic risk, returns and liquidity in the London Stock Exchange: A spillover approach," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 19(3), pages 214-221, June.
  5. Alexandra Hachmeister & Dirk Schiereck, 2010. "Dancing in the dark: post-trade anonymity, liquidity and informed trading," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Springer, vol. 34(2), pages 145-177, February.

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