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- Evaluation Of The Fixing Trading System In The Spanish Market


  • David Abad

    () (Universidad de Alicante)

  • Antonio Rubia

    (Universidad de Alicante)


In 1998 the Fixing trading system was implemented in the Spanish Stock Market. It is considered an alternative to the traditional system of continuous negotiation, applicable to those stocks that have a series of basic characteristics in common. It represents an important innovation, the fundamental purpose of which is to reduce the volatility of stocks and thus improve their liquidity. The main motive of this study is to verify whether the improvements that the advocates of the new trading system have been predicting have actually taken place, as we believe that any innovation that is introduced into the market should be subjected to empirical evaluation. To do so, the effect that this innovation has had on the indicators of liquidity, returns and volatility of the stocks involved is examined, using parametric and nonparametric tests and employing a methodology based on the technique of the event study. We concluded that the evidence observed seems to contradict the very expectations that motivated the imposition of the new negotiating system, since a significant worsening wasobserved in liquidity and returns, whereas, on the other hand, no apparent decrease is observed in volatility. Durante 1998 se implantó en el mercado español el sistema de contratación de valores conprecios únicos en cada periodo de ajuste, más conocido como sistema de negociación fixing.Este sistema representa una fórmula alternativa al sistema tradicional de negociación continua,aplicable a aquellos valores que reúnen una serie de determinadas características. A su vez,constituye una importante innovación cuya finalidad es, fundamentalmente, reducir la volatilidadde los títulos y mejorar su liquidez. La motivación fundamental del presente trabajo consiste encontrastar si se han producido las mejoras que vaticinaban los impulsores del nuevo sistema decontratación, en la creencia de que cualquier innovación llevada a cabo en el mercado debe sersometida a evaluación. Para ello, se estudia el efecto sobre indicadores de liquidez, rendimientoy volatilidad medios de los títulos a los que esta innovación afectó, utilizando pruebasparamétricas y no paramétricas y metodología basada en la técnica del event study. Laconclusión a la que se llega en este estudio es que la evidencia observada parece ser contraria alas expectativas que motivaron la implantación del nuevo sistema de contratación, pues seobserva un empeoramiento significativo en los niveles de liquidez y rentabilidad y, en cambio, nose observa disminución aparente en el nivel de volatilidad.

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  • David Abad & Antonio Rubia, 1999. "- Evaluation Of The Fixing Trading System In The Spanish Market," Working Papers. Serie EC 1999-17, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
  • Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasec:1999-17

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    Fixing; liquidez; volatilidad; rendimiento; negociación infrecuente. Fixing; Liquidity; Returns; Volatility; Thin Trading.;

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    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G19 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Other


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