Illiquidity Contagion and Liquidity Crashes

Cespa, G. & Foucault, T. (2014). Illiquidity Contagion and Liquidity Crashes. Review of Financial Studies, 27(6), pp. 1615-1660. doi: 10.1093/rfs/hhu016

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Abstract

Liquidity providers often learn information about an asset from prices of other assets. We show that this generates a self-reinforcing positive relationship between price informativeness and liquidity. This relationship causes liquidity spillovers and is a source of fragility: a small drop in the liquidity of one asset can, through a feedback loop, result in a very large drop in market liquidity and price informativeness (a liquidity crash). This feedback loop provides a new explanation for comovements in liquidity and liquidity dry-ups. It also generates multiple equilibria.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Finance
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/3058

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