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Position limit for the CSI 300 stock index futures market


  • Wei, Lijian
  • Zhang, Wei
  • Xiong, Xiong
  • Shi, Lei


The aim of this study was to find the optimal position limit for the Chinese stock index (CSI) 300 futures market. A low position limit helps to prevent price manipulations in the spot market, and thus keeps the magnitude of instantaneous price changes within the tolerance range of policymakers. However, setting a position limit that is too low may also have negative effects on market quality. We propose an artificial limit order market with heterogeneous interacting agents to examine the impact of different levels of position limits on market quality, measured as liquidity, return volatility, efficiency of information dissemination, and trading welfare. The simulation model is based on realistic trading mechanisms, investor structure, and order submission behavior observed in the CSI 300 futures market.

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  • Wei, Lijian & Zhang, Wei & Xiong, Xiong & Shi, Lei, 2015. "Position limit for the CSI 300 stock index futures market," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 39(3), pages 369-389.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecosys:v:39:y:2015:i:3:p:369-389
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ecosys.2015.01.003

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    Position limit; Stock index futures; Agent-based modeling; Market quality;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques
    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions


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