IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/ucp/jnlbus/v77y2004i2p331-356.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

The Economic Value of a Trading Floor: Evidence from the American Stock Exchange

Author

Listed:
  • Puneet Handa

    (University of Iowa)

Abstract

By comparing execution costs of trades handled by Amex floor brokers with trades entered through its automated post execution reporting (PER) system, this article provides evidence that floor brokers have value. Because they can opportunistically seize liquidity, using a floor broker is equivalent to placing a "smart" limit order. Overall, floor trades have a lower realized half-spread than PER trades (-3.06 bps vs. 4.43 bps). This finding holds for other measures of execution costs and is consistent across all order-size categories. The analysis of the value of intermediation in a securities market has implications for automated trading systems.

Suggested Citation

  • Puneet Handa, 2004. "The Economic Value of a Trading Floor: Evidence from the American Stock Exchange," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 77(2), pages 331-356, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:77:y:2004:i:2:p:331-356
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/381279
    File Function: main text
    Download Restriction: Access to the online full text or PDF requires a subscription.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. Battalio, Robert & Ellul, Andrew & Jennings, Robert, 2005. "Reputation effects in trading on the New York Stock Exchange," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 24659, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    2. Hendershott, Terrence & Moulton, Pamela C., 2011. "Automation, speed, and stock market quality: The NYSE's Hybrid," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 14(4), pages 568-604, November.
    3. Comerton-Forde, Carole & Tang, Kar Mei, 2009. "Anonymity, liquidity and fragmentation," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 12(3), pages 337-367, August.
    4. Daniel Weaver & Xing Zhou, 2010. "The value of the floor," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Springer, vol. 35(3), pages 221-243, October.
    5. Baris Serifsoy, 2008. "Demutualization, outsider ownership, and stock exchange performance: empirical evidence," Economics of Governance, Springer, vol. 9(4), pages 305-339, October.

    More about this item

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:77:y:2004:i:2:p:331-356. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Journals Division). General contact details of provider: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/JB/ .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.