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Anonymity, Adverse Selection, and the Sorting of Interdealer Trades

  • Peter C. Reiss
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    This article uses unique data from the London Stock Exchange to examine how trader anonymity and market liquidity affect dealers' decisions about where to place interdealer trades. During our sample period, dealers could trade with each other in the direct, nonanonymous public market or use one of four anonymous brokered trading systems. Surprisingly, we find that adverse selection is less prevalent in the anonymous brokered markets. We show that this pattern can be explained by the way dealers "price" the adverse selection risk inherent in trading with other dealers. We also relate our findings to recent changes in dealer markets. Copyright 2005, Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Society for Financial Studies in its journal The Review of Financial Studies.

    Volume (Year): 18 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 599-636

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:rfinst:v:18:y:2005:i:2:p:599-636
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