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Volatility in US and European Equity Markets: An Assessment of Market Quality

  • Ozenbas, Deniz
  • Schwartz, Robert A
  • Wood, Robert A
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    The paper examines intra-day share price volatility over the year 2000 for five market centres: the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, the London Stock Exchange, Euronext Paris and Deutsche Borse. In each of these markets, we observe a U-shaped intraday volatility pattern, a particularly sharp spike for the opening half hour, and a general level of intra-day volatility that is accentuated vis-a-vis volatility over longer differencing intervals, e.g. daily and weekly periods. We suggest that the volatility accentuation is attributable to spreads, market impact, price discovery and momentum trading--all of which are either trading costs or exist because of trading costs. Because the magnitude of trading costs depends in part on market design, we also suggest that a link exists between intra-day volatility and market structure, and that market quality/efficiency on both sides of the Atlantic could be improved. Copyright 2002 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd.

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    Volume (Year): 5 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 3 (Winter)
    Pages: 437-61

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