Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/49399
Authors: 
Caporale, Guglielmo Maria
Girardi, Alessandro
Paesani, Paolo
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 1080
Abstract: 
Using high-frequency transaction data for the three largest European markets (France, Germany and Italy), this paper documents the existence of an asymmetric relationship between market liquidity and trading imbalances: when quoted spreads rise (fall) and liquidity falls (increases) buy (sell) orders tend to prevail. Risk-averse market-makers, with inventory-depletion risk being their main concern, tend to quote wider (narrower) spreads when they think bond appreciation is more (less) likely to occur. It is also found that the probability of being in a specific regime is related to observable bond market characteristics, stock market volatility, macroeconomic releases and liquidity management operations of the monetary authorities.
Subjects: 
Liquidity
trading activity
Treasury bond market
Europe
commonality
JEL: 
G1
G15
C32
C33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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