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Closing call auctions and liquidity


  • Michael Aitken
  • Carole Comerton‐Forde
  • Alex Frino


The present paper examines the impact of closing call auctions on liquidity. It exploits the natural experiment offered by the introduction of a closing call auction on the Australian Stock Exchange on 10 February 1997. The introduction of the closing call auction is associated with a reduction in trading volume at the close of continuous trading. However, bid‐ask spreads during continuous trading are largely unaffected by the introduction of the closing call auction. Therefore, closing call auctions consolidate liquidity at a single point in time without having any adverse effect on the cost of trading.

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  • Michael Aitken & Carole Comerton‐Forde & Alex Frino, 2005. "Closing call auctions and liquidity," Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, vol. 45(4), pages 501-518, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:acctfi:v:45:y:2005:i:4:p:501-518
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-629X.2005.00155.x

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