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

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  • Kohler, Alexander

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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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Paper provided by University of St. Gallen, School of Finance in its series Working Papers on Finance with number 1210.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2012
Handle: RePEc:usg:sfwpfi:2012:10
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