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Intraday volume-volatility nexus in the FX markets: Evidence from an emerging market

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  • Sensoy, Ahmet
  • Serdengeçti, Süleyman

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Using a dataset on local banks' daily FX transaction volume segregated into counterparty and transaction types, this article investigates the relationship between trading volume and intraday realized volatility for the US dollar/Turkish lira parity (USDTRY), one of the most traded emerging market currencies against US dollar. We question whether type of counterparty and transaction affects intraday volume-volatility relationship across various trading sessions around the world. We reveal that only the spot transactions of domestic customers have positive contemporaneous relation with realized volatility and this significance is valid only in global trading sessions that mostly overlap with the local trading hours. Furthermore, we utilize a metric for the belief dispersion on the level of future exchange rate via currency options and find that the dispersion significantly strengthens the volume-volatility nexus, confirming the Dispersion of Beliefs Hypothesis.

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  • Sensoy, Ahmet & Serdengeçti, Süleyman, 2019. "Intraday volume-volatility nexus in the FX markets: Evidence from an emerging market," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 64(C), pages 1-12.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finana:v:64:y:2019:i:c:p:1-12
    DOI: 10.1016/j.irfa.2019.04.001
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    Keywords

    FX microstructure; Volume-volatility nexus; Mixture of distribution hypothesis (MDH); Sequential information arrival hypothesis (SIAH); Dispersion of beliefs hypothesis (DBH);

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • D49 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Other

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