Journal article

Inducing liquidity in thin financial markets through combined-value trading mechanisms

P Bossaerts, L Fine, J Ledyard

European Economic Review | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2002

Abstract

Asset pricing theory hypothesizes that investors are only interested in portfolios; individual securities are evaluated only in terms of their contribution to portfolio risk and return. Yet, standard financial market design is that of parallel, unconnected markets, whereby investors cannot submit orders in one market conditional on events in others. When markets are thin, this exposes them to substantial execution risk. Fear of ending up with unbalanced portfolios after trading may even keep investors from submitting orders, further eroding liquidity and the ability of markets to equilibrate. The suggested solution is a portfolio trading mechanism referred to as combined-value trading (CVT)...

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