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Illiquidity of Frontier Financial Market: Case of Serbia


  • Boško Živković

    () (Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia)

  • Jelena Minović

    () (Faculty for Banking, Insurance and Finance, Belgrade Banking Academy, Union University, Serbia)


The paper explores illiquidity of the Serbian financial market for the period of 2005-2009. The financial market in Serbia is, by its type, a frontier market. We used daily data from the BELEXline index, as well as all stocks within this index in examined timeframe, provided by the Belgrade Stock Exchange. Results of this paper suggest that level of market liquidity is low and persistent in Serbia. Additionally, results confirm that time-varying illiquidity and its volatility is highly unstable in this market. This is the first paper that analyses liquidity issues in case of Serbia. It identifies different periods and shows that, in most cases, ups and downs in foreign investors’ participation leads to dramatic falls and rises in market illiquidity and its volatility.

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  • Boško Živković & Jelena Minović, 2010. "Illiquidity of Frontier Financial Market: Case of Serbia," Panoeconomicus, Savez ekonomista Vojvodine, Novi Sad, Serbia, vol. 57(3), pages 349-367, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:voj:journl:v:57:y:2010:i:3:p:349-367

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    Frontier market; Illiquidity; Volatility of illiquidity; Conditional standard deviation;

    JEL classification:

    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)


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