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Bid-ask spread and order size in the foreign exchange market: an empirical investigation

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  • Liang Ding

    (Department of Economics, Macalester College, USA)

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This article empirically examines the relationship between order sizes and spreads in the foreign exchange (FX) market based on a FX dealer's quotes. It is found that spreads are independent of order sizes in the inter-dealer market, but they are negatively correlated in the customer market. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Liang Ding, 2009. "Bid-ask spread and order size in the foreign exchange market: an empirical investigation," International Journal of Finance & Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(1), pages 98-105.
  • Handle: RePEc:ijf:ijfiec:v:14:y:2009:i:1:p:98-105
    DOI: 10.1002/ijfe.365
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