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Calendar Spread Trading and the Efficiency of Australian Bank Accepted Bill Futures Market

  • John A. Anderson


    (Institute of Finance and Banking, The British University in Dubai, Honorary Fellow, City University, London, PO Box 502216, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

  • Steven Li


    (IGSB and School of Commerce, Division of Business, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide 5001, Australia)

This paper is concerned with the potential profit opportunities in trading calendar spreads of 90-day Bank Accepted Bill (BAB) futures contracts on the Sydney Futures Exchange (SFE) during the 1990s. It is shown that statistically significant gross profits can be generated by a naïve strategy for most of the considered holding periods ranging from 3 months to 18 months. However, after the deduction of generous transaction costs, the net profits are statistically significant only for the 6-month holding period returns. The implications of the profits produced by calendar spread trading methodology on the efficiency of the BAB futures market are also addressed. The empirical results reveal that the efficiency market hypothesis for the BAB futures market cannot be universally accepted in the 1990s.

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Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies.

Volume (Year): 10 (2007)
Issue (Month): 02 ()
Pages: 157-172

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Handle: RePEc:wsi:rpbfmp:v:10:y:2007:i:02:p:157-172
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