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Sunshine Trading: Flashes of Trading Intent at the NASDAQ

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  • Johannes A. Skjeltorp

    (Norges Bank)

  • Elvira Sojli

    (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Duisenberg school of finance)

  • Wing Wah Tham

    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Abstract

We use the introduction and the subsequent removal of the flash order facility (an actionable indication of interest, IOI) from the NASDAQ as a natural experiment to investigatethe impact of voluntary disclosure of trading intent on market quality. We find that flashorders significantly improve liquidity in the NASDAQ. In addition, overall market qualityimproves substantially when the flash functionality is introduced and deteriorates when it isremoved. One explanation for our findings is that flash orders are placed by less informedtraders and fulfill their role as an advertisement of uninformed liquidity needs. They successfully attract responses from liquidity providers immediately after the announcement isplaced, thus lowering the risk-bearing cost for the overall market. Our study is important inunderstanding the impact of voluntary disclosure, in guiding future market design choices,and in the current debate on dark pools and IOIs.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 12-141/IV/DSF47.

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Keywords: Actionable Indication of Interest (IOI); Flash orders; High-frequency Trading;

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  1. Hoffmann, Peter, 2012. "A dynamic limit order market with fast and slow traders," MPRA Paper 44621, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jan 2013.
  2. Hoffmann, Peter, 2012. "A dynamic limit order market with fast and slow traders," MPRA Paper 39855, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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