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Intraday trading activities and volatility in round-the-clock futures markets

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  • Kao, Erin H.
  • Fung, Hung-Gay
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    In this paper we examine the relationship between intraday return volatility and volume of trading for Japanese yen futures, euro FX futures, and E-mini S&P 500 futures traded on a 24-hour GLOBEX trading system in six time zones. The results support the mixture-of-distribution hypothesis (MDH), which endorses a significant contemporaneous relationship between volume and volatility, and the sequential-arrival-of-information hypothesis (SAIH), which advocates significant lagged volatility–volume relations. The net effect of trading number is positive, supporting the dispersed belief hypothesis, while the net effect of trading imbalance is negative, supporting the asymmetrical information hypothesis. Our results suggest that the four theories of volume–volatility relations are complementary, not competing. In addition, the largest effect of the trading imbalance on volatility is found during American regular trading hours, rather than the home asset market of the futures contracts, thus supporting the trading place bias.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Review of Economics & Finance.

    Volume (Year): 21 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 195-209

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:21:y:2012:i:1:p:195-209
    DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2011.06.003
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