The Specialist's Participation in Quoted Prices and the Nyse's Price Continuity Rule

47 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2004

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Marios A. Panayides

University of Cyprus - Department of Accounting and Finance; University of Pittsburgh - Katz Graduate School of Business

Date Written: February 7, 2004

Abstract

There is a significant disparity between theoretical and empirical models of the Specialist's adjustment for inventory risk. Whereas theoretical work has shown that Specialist inventory rebalancing through the quoted prices is important to the functioning of the market, empiricists have failed to identify any evidence of this action intradaily. By partitioning the Specialist actions as active or passive, conditioned on the Price Continuity Rule, this study shows that the Specialist engages in active inventory rebalancing throughout the trading day. The paper finds that the Specialist's obligations - set by the NYSE - of achieving price continuity and smooth price changes come at a significant cost for the Specialist. However, he manages to mitigate this cost through his own actions when the rules are not binding. The implications of this paper have direct bearing on the current debate as to whether the NYSE design should be restructured.

Keywords: Quoted Prices, specialist, limit order book, price continuity rule

JEL Classification: G10, G14

Suggested Citation

Panayides, Marios A., The Specialist's Participation in Quoted Prices and the Nyse's Price Continuity Rule (February 7, 2004). Yale ICF Working Paper No. 04-05, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=492423

Marios A. Panayides (Contact Author)

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University of Cyprus
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Nicosia, CY-1678
Cyprus

University of Pittsburgh - Katz Graduate School of Business ( email )

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