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Arbitrage and Liquidity: Evidence from a Panel of Exchange Traded Funds

David E. Rappoport and Tugkan Tuzun
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David E. Rappoport: https://www.federalreserve.gov/econres/david-e-rappoport.htm
Tugkan Tuzun: https://www.federalreserve.gov/econres/tugkan-tuzun.htm

No 2020-097, Finance and Economics Discussion Series from Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)

Abstract: Market liquidity is expected to facilitate arbitrage, which in turn should affect the liquidity of the assets traded by arbitrageurs. We study this relationship using a unique dataset of equity and bond ETFs compiled from big trade-level data. We find that liquidity is an important determinant of the efficacy of the ETF arbitrage. For less liquid bond ETFs, Granger-causality tests and impulse responses suggest that this relationship is stronger and more persistent, and liquidity spillovers are observed from portfolio constituents to ETF shares. Our results inform the design of synthetic securities, especially when derived from less liquid instruments.

Keywords: exchange-traded funds; ETF; Market liquidity; Law of one-price; Arbitrage; ETF premium (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G12 G14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46 p.
Date: 2020-11-30
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DOI: 10.17016/FEDS.2020.097

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