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Who Sees the Trades? The Effect of Information on Liquidity in Inter-Dealer Markets

Rodney Garratt (), Michael Lee (), Antoine Martin () and Robert Townsend

No 892, Staff Reports from Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: Dealers, who strategically supply liquidity to traders, are subject to both liquidity and adverse selection costs. While liquidity costs can be mitigated through inter-dealer trading, individual dealers? private motives to acquire information compromise inter-dealer market liquidity. Post-trade information disclosure can improve market liquidity by counteracting dealers? incentives to become better informed through their market-making activities. Asymmetric disclosure, however, exacerbates the adverse selection problem in inter-dealer markets, in turn decreasing equilibrium liquidity provision. A non-monotonic relationship may arise between the partial release of post-trade information and market liquidity. This points to a practical concern: a strategic post-trade platform has incentives to maximize adverse selection and may choose to release information in a way that minimizes equilibrium liquidity provision.

Keywords: inter-dealer markets; liquidity; information design; platforms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D62 D82 G14 G23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-07-01
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