This Finance Brown Bag Seminar is held by the Department of Finance (University of Vienna) and the Vienna Graduate School of Finance (VGSF). It serves as a presentation platform for PhD students, faculty members, and visitors.
August 14th, 2019, 11:45-12:45, Campus University of Vienna, Seminar Room 4
Christian Westheide, University of Vienna
Title: "A Tale of Two Cities: Inter-Market Latency, Market Integration, and Market Quality"
We study the introduction of a microwave link between Frankfurt and London and identify its effects on German stocks that trade in both locations using a difference-in-differences setting with French firms that trade only in London as the control group. We find that the link improves the integration between the two markets as evidenced by a reduction in arbitrage opportunities. Trading volume shifts towards Frankfurt as investors - concerned about an increase in speed dispersion vis-à-vis high-frequency traders - reduce order splitting across the two cities. The effects on market quality outcomes differ across stocks as high-frequency traders strategically utilize the speed advantage resulting from the microwave link to supply or consume liquidity. In London, mid cap stocks benefit from increased liquidity provision whereas order flow for large stocks becomes more toxic. London's increased competitiveness for mid cap stocks also translates into an increase in its information share, while the information shares of large cap stocks are unchanged. These results suggest that market integration differently affects investors based on their speed advantage, trading venues based on their level of competitiveness, and stocks based on their size.