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The Nontradability Premium of Derivatives Contracts


  • Rafi Eldor

    (Arison Business School, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzelia, Israel)

  • Shmuel Hauser

    (Ben Gurion University and Rutgers University, Camden)

  • Michael Kahn

    (Bank of Israel)

  • Avraham Kamara

    (University of Washington)


We investigate nontradable and tradable identical Treasury derivatives. The nontradability premium is statistically and economically significant, and it covaries positively with interest rate volatility and relative tightness in the markets. Our data offer an almost-perfect laboratory to study the determinants of liquidity. The product of conditional interest rate volatility times the underlying bill's turnover is a better liquidity measure than the trading volume, amount outstanding, and turnover. A higher turnover is associated with a lower expected time for trading at a "desirable" price. The higher the volatility, the larger the marginal value of a reduction in the expected time to trade.

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  • Rafi Eldor & Shmuel Hauser & Michael Kahn & Avraham Kamara, 2006. "The Nontradability Premium of Derivatives Contracts," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 79(4), pages 2067-2098, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:79:y:2006:i:4:p:2067-2098

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