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Large tick assets: implicit spread and optimal tick size

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  • Khalil Dayri
  • Mathieu Rosenbaum

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In this work, we provide a framework linking microstructural properties of an asset to the tick value of the exchange. In particular, we bring to light a quantity, referred to as implicit spread, playing the role of spread for large tick assets, for which the effective spread is almost always equal to one tick. The relevance of this new parameter is shown both empirically and theoretically. This implicit spread allows us to quantify the tick sizes of large tick assets and to define a notion of optimal tick size. Moreover, our results open the possibility of forecasting the behavior of relevant market quantities after a change in the tick value and to give a way to modify it in order to reach an optimal tick size.

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  • Khalil Dayri & Mathieu Rosenbaum, 2012. "Large tick assets: implicit spread and optimal tick size," Papers 1207.6325, arXiv.org, revised Jan 2013.
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    1. Jim Gatheral & Thibault Jaisson & Mathieu Rosenbaum, 2014. "Volatility is rough," Papers 1410.3394, arXiv.org.
    2. István Barra & Agnieszka Borowska & Siem Jan Koopman, 2018. "Bayesian Dynamic Modeling of High-Frequency Integer Price Changes," Journal of Financial Econometrics, Society for Financial Econometrics, vol. 16(3), pages 384-424.

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