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Anatomy of a Market Failure: NYSE Trading Suspensions (1974-1988)

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  • Utpal Bhattacharya
  • Matthew Spiegel

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A cross-sectional analysis of all trading suspensions that occurred during the period 1974-1988 in the New York Stock Exchange reveals that though the desire to maintain price continuity remains an important motivation to suspend trade, inventory imbalance fears are pronounced for large firms. Adverse selection concerns afflict all news related suspensions irrespective of firm size. Further, we find substitutability amongst the various dimensions of liquidity: while large cap stocks have lower bid-ask spreads, they halt more often. A time-series analysis shows that the resiliency of the exchange -- its ability to absorb severe volatility shocks -- has improved in this period.

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  • Utpal Bhattacharya & Matthew Spiegel, 1997. "Anatomy of a Market Failure: NYSE Trading Suspensions (1974-1988)," Yale School of Management Working Papers ysm33, Yale School of Management, revised 01 Apr 2003.
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    1. Buss, Adrian & Dumas, Bernard J, 2013. "Financial-market Equilibrium with Friction," CEPR Discussion Papers 9524, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    2. Hans Degryse & Frank De Jong & Maarten Van Ravenswaaij & Gunther Wuyts, 2005. "Aggressive Orders and the Resiliency of a Limit Order Market," Review of Finance, European Finance Association, vol. 9(2), pages 201-242.
    3. Hautsch, Nikolaus & Horvath, Akos, 2017. "How effective are trading pauses?," CFS Working Paper Series 571, Center for Financial Studies (CFS).

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