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Stock Volatility and the Levels of the Basis and Open Interest in Future Contracts

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  • Chen, Nai-Fu
  • Cuny, Charles J
  • Haugen, Robert A

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This article tests a theoretical model of the basis and open interest of stock index futures. The model is based on the differences between stock and futures in terms of investors' ability to customize stock portfolios and liquidity. Empirical evidence confirms the model's prediction that increased volatility decreases the basis and increases open interest. Copyright 1995 by American Finance Association.

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  • Chen, Nai-Fu & Cuny, Charles J & Haugen, Robert A, 1995. " Stock Volatility and the Levels of the Basis and Open Interest in Future Contracts," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 50(1), pages 281-300, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:50:y:1995:i:1:p:281-300
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    2. Hung, Mao-Wei & So, Leh-Chyan, 2009. "New insights into India’s single stock futures markets," MPRA Paper 52491, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Rafiqul Bhuyan, 2002. "Information, Alternative Markets, and Security Price Processes: A Survey of Literature," Finance 0211002, EconWPA.
    4. Chun-Da Chen & Wan-Wei Tang, 2009. "Are They Hedgers or Speculators? Evidence from South Korea's Political Elections," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(1), pages 19-30, January.
    5. Zheng, Yao, 2015. "The linkage between aggregate investor sentiment and metal futures returns: A nonlinear approach," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 58(C), pages 128-142.
    6. John M. Fry & Baoying Lai, 2011. "The interdependence of Coffee spot and futures markets," Working Papers 2011.1, International Network for Economic Research - INFER.
    7. Ming-Hsien Chen & Vivian Tai, 2014. "The price discovery of day trading activities in futures market," Review of Derivatives Research, Springer, vol. 17(2), pages 217-239, July.
    8. Berglund, T. & Kabir, R., 1995. "What explains the difference between the futures' price and its "fair" value? : evidence from the european options exchange," Discussion Paper 1995-83, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
    9. Chun-Da Chen & Wan-Wei Tang, 2009. "Are They Hedgers or Speculators? Evidence from South Korea's Political Elections," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(1), pages 19-30, January.
    10. Berglund, T. & Kabir, M.R., 2003. "What explains the difference between the futures' price and its "fair" value? Evidence from the Euronext Amsterdam," Other publications TiSEM ec81c70e-739d-4b03-be66-2, Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management.
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