When Markets Fail: A Comparative Assessment Of Costs & Benefits Of Trade Interruption

Grant number: DP0344335

Abstract

Stock exchanges worldwide provide the opportunity to instantaneously and continuously trade securities. The introduction of automated trading systems has considerably enhanced this opportunity. Surprisingly, exchanges still have (and use) the discretion to occasionally suspend trading in certain stocks. These trading halts are used to prevent a disorderly or uninformed response to pertinent company information releases. Practitioners and academics tend to believe that trading halts do not serve this role well. We propose a new methodology to more accurately measure the costs and benefits of trade suspensions. We compare their impact on different trading systems, and evaluate their intertempo..

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