Discriminatory Pricing of Over-the-Counter Derivatives
Harald Hau (),
Peter Hoffmann and
Sam Langfield ()
No 2019/100, IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund
New regulatory data reveal extensive price discrimination against non-financial clients in the FX derivatives market. The client at the 90th percentile pays an effective spread of 0.5%, while the bottom quarter incur transaction costs of less than 0.02%. Consistent with models of search frictions in over-the-counter markets, dealers charge higher spreads to less sophisticated clients. However, price discrimination is eliminated when clients trade through multi-dealer request-for-quote platforms. We also document that dealers extract rents from captive clients and market opacity, but only for contracts negotiated bilaterally with unsophisticated clients.
Keywords: WP; client sophistication; forward rate; dealer-client relationship; FX market; market structure; Transaction costs; search frictions; information rents; RFQ platforms; sophisticated client; RFQ platform; client order; relationship dealer; information rent; Over-the-counter markets; Public investment and public-private partnerships (PPP); Currency markets; Price adjustments; Securities markets; Global (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: Discriminatory Pricing of Over-the-Counter Derivatives (2017)
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Working Paper: Discriminatory pricing of over-the-counter derivatives (2017)
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