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Fragmentation in European Equity Markets and Market Quality – Evidence from the Analysis of Trade-Throughs

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  • von Wyss, Rico

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The implementation of MiFID has led to a fragmentation of liquidity in European equity trading. We analyze the long-term effects of MiFID on liquidity with a new sample of Swiss stocks and do not find evidence for a worsening of market quality. In contrast, spread and depth measures indicate a general increase in market quality. Given the non-existence of a consolidated tape in Europe, we examine whether trade-throughs prevent the emergence of a virtually consolidated market. We find evidence that trade-throughs originate from informed traders with a priority of execution speed over price and conclude that the occurrence of trade-throughs does not indicate an inferior market quality.

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  • Kohler, Alexander & von Wyss, Rico, 2012. "Fragmentation in European Equity Markets and Market Quality – Evidence from the Analysis of Trade-Throughs," Working Papers on Finance 1210, University of St. Gallen, School of Finance.
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    1. Kohler, Alexander & von Wyss, Rico, 2012. "Where does Information Processing in a Fragmented Market Take Place? – Evidence from the Swiss Stock Market after MiFID," Working Papers on Finance 1209, University of St. Gallen, School of Finance.
    2. Lena Boneva & Oliver Linton & Michael Vogt, 2016. "The Effect of Fragmentation in Trading on Market Quality in the UK Equity Market," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 31(1), pages 192-213, January.

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    Keywords

    MiFID; MTF; Market Quality; Trade-Through.;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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