Designated Market Makers in Electronic Limit Order Books - A Closer Look

Theissen, Erik ; Voigt, Christian ; Westheide, Christian

Additional URL:
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: SSRN Working Paper Series
Place of publication: Berlin [u.a.]
Edition: Version January 2013
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL u. Finanzierung (Theissen 2009-)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: Many exchanges operating an electronic open limit order book employ designated market makers to improve liquidity, particularly for less liquid stocks. Previous research has shown that the existence of a market maker improves liquidity, and that the share price reacts favorably to the announcement that a firm hires a market maker. Little is known, however, about what market makers actually do. We try to fill this gap. Using a data set covering 110 German stocks we analyze the trading activity of market makers in detail. Their participation rates as a function of firm size (or, alternatively, trading volume) display a u-shaped pattern. They are highest for the smallest firms, then decreases in firm size but increases again for the largest size quintile. Market makers not only provide liquidity but also take liquidity. Other traders take liquidity supplied by market makers particularly in times of high volatility, high bid-ask spreads and high informational asymmetries. Finally, we demonstrate that market makers do, on average, not earn profits.

Dieser Eintrag ist Teil der Universitätsbibliographie.

Metadata export


+ Search Authors in

+ Page Views

Hits per month over past year

Detailed information

You have found an error? Please let us know about your desired correction here: E-Mail

Actions (login required)

Show item Show item