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Time Variation in Liquidity: The Role of Market-maker Inventories and Revenues
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  • Carole Comerton-Forde, University of Sydney
  • Terrence Hendershott, University of California - Berkeley
  • Charles M Jones, Columbia University
  • Pamela Moulton, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
  • Mark S Seaholes, Hong Kong University
Publication Date
1-1-2010
Abstract

We show that market-maker balance sheet and income statement variables explain time variation in liquidity, suggesting liquidity-supplier financing constraints matter. Using 11 years of NYSE specialist inventory positions and trading revenues, we find that aggregate market-level and specialist firm-level spreads widen when specialists have large positions or lose money. The effects are nonlinear and most prominent when inventories are big or trading results have been particularly poor. These sensitivities are smaller after specialist firm mergers, consistent with deep pockets easing financing constraints. Finally, compared to low-volatility stocks, the liquidity of high volatility stocks is more sensitive to inventories and losses.

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© Wiley. Final version published as: Comerton-Forte, C., Hendershott, T., Jones, C. M., Moulton, P. C., & Seasholes, M. S. (2010). Time variation in liquidity: The role of market-maker inventories and revenues. Journal of Finance, 65(1), 295-332. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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Comerton-Forte, C., Hendershott, T., Jones, C. M., Moulton, P. C., & Seasholes, M. S. (2010). Time variation in liquidity: The role of market-maker inventories and revenues [Electronic version]. Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, School of Hospitality Administration site: http://scholarship.sha.cornell.edu/articles/4/