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Order preferencing, adverse-selection costs, and the probability of information-based trading

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  • Kee Chung

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  • Chairat Chuwonganant
  • D. McCormick

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Although prior studies offer various conjectures on the causes and consequences of order preferencing, there is only limited empirical evidence. In this study, we show that the extent of order preferencing is significantly and negatively related to both the adverse-selection component of the spread and the probability of information-based trading. This result is consistent with the prediction of the clientele-pricing hypothesis that dealers (brokers) selectively purchase (internalize) orders based on information content. Our results suggest that order preferencing may not be as harmful as some researchers have suggested and offer some rationale for its prevalence in securities markets with heterogeneously informed traders. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2006

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  • Kee Chung & Chairat Chuwonganant & D. McCormick, 2006. "Order preferencing, adverse-selection costs, and the probability of information-based trading," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Springer, vol. 27(4), pages 343-364, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:rqfnac:v:27:y:2006:i:4:p:343-364
    DOI: 10.1007/s11156-006-0042-3
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    1. Lescourret, Laurence & Robert, Christian Y., 2011. "Transparency matters: Price formation in the presence of order preferencing," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 14(2), pages 227-258, May.
    2. Moonsoo Kang & Kiseok Nam, 2015. "Informed trade and idiosyncratic return variation," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Springer, vol. 44(3), pages 551-572, April.
    3. Jared F. Egginton & Bonnie F. Ness & Robert A. Ness, 2016. "Dealers and changing obligations: the case of stub quoting," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Springer, vol. 47(4), pages 919-941, November.
    4. Qianyun Huang & Terrance R. Skantz, 2016. "The informativeness of pro forma and street earnings: an examination of information asymmetry around earnings announcements," Review of Accounting Studies, Springer, vol. 21(1), pages 198-250, March.

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