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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|17899||2000||21 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||6381 کلمه|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Banking & Finance, Volume 24, Issue 5, May 2000, Pages 787–807
The French derivatives market, the Marché à Terme International de France (MATIF) or the French International Futures and Options Exchange is one of the major derivatives markets in the world. The efficiency of four financial contracts traded on the MATIF-CAC40 Index Futures, ECU Bond Futures, National Bond Futures, and PIBOR 3-Month Futures are examined in this paper. Test results from serial correlations, unit root tests, and variance ratio tests provide overwhelming evidence that the random walk hypothesis cannot be rejected for these contracts.
With over 70 million contracts traded in 1997, the Marché à Terme International de France (MATIF) in Paris is one of the major derivatives markets in the world and has attracted many foreign investors.1 Anticipating the eventual realization of the European Monetary Union (EMU) and single currency, which has been named Euro from its previous name of European Currency Unit (ECU), the MATIF, now more than ever, is gearing toward internationalization by offering products and expanding trading that appeal to global investors. Examples of these efforts include the offering of ECU-denominated products and the GLOBEX-partnership with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. As MATIF clearly states in its 1996 annual report, in the new financial environment, the battle for market share will be won not only by technical advances but also by the competitiveness of markets. From the investors' point of view, one of the important aspects regarding the latter is the issue of market efficiency. Previous studies have sought to emphasize the importance of MATIF in global risk management strategies. For example, Geman and Schneeweis (1993, p. 18) mention that “MATIF ranks among the world's largest futures markets with a wide range of risk management instruments including commodity futures, the three-month PIBOR contract, the CAC40 stock index, the National and the ECU long-term contract”. They go on to argue for using the National futures contract in global risk management strategies. In a similar vein, Chow et al. (1996, p. 1695) state that “among major futures exchanges only MATIF offers a 24-hour non-interrupted trading cycle accommodating two distinct trading mechanisms – normal trading hours are conducted through an open-outcry system on the floor, while after-hours trading occurs through an automated continuous auction system on GLOBEX, with no trading recess between these two sessions”. Given both the popularity and the innovativeness exhibited by MATIF, a natural question to ask is related to the efficiency of the financial futures traded on it. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to conduct comprehensive efficiency tests on the returns of financial futures contracts traded on the MATIF. These tests are significant for two reasons. First, despite MATIF's global perspective, little research to date has been done to examine the efficiency of products traded on the market. Second, even among studies that test for efficiency in well-established markets, the evidence is mixed. By examining the MATIF, employing the refined variance estimator of serial correlations of Diebold (1986) and the variance ratio tests of Lo and MacKinlay (1988) that adjust for heteroscedasticity, further evidence on market efficiency is obtained that can shed additional light on the price behavior of assets.
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Due to the global importance of MATIF, the efficiency of four financial futures contracts traded on it is examined in this paper. Using serial correlation, stationarity, and variance ratio tests, it is shown that the open-to-open and close-to-close returns series for the contracts do not depart from a random walk, thereby confirming the pricing efficiency of these contracts. The results do not necessarily confirm the possibility that all MATIF traded contracts are efficient. For example, Esposito and Giraldi (1994) examined the introduction of trading on futures contracts on the Italian Treasury Bonds (BTP) on both the LIFFE and MATIF. While BTP futures trading thrived on the LIFFE, it failed on the MATIF. Esposito and Giraldi advance the plausible argument that the presence of other similar contracts on the LIFFE made it much easier for international traders to trade BTP contracts in London rather than in Paris. This paper, however, attests more to the problems associated with introducing an inappropriate product, rather than a failure of efficiency on MATIF. Another paper by Chow et al. (1996) examines the trading of the same contracts on MATIF and on GLOBEX. Their results suggest that traders prefer to trade on the floor rather than GLOBEX during the time period when they have a choice of trading with either mechanism. Liquidity is advanced as a reason for the preference of the floor over GLOBEX. These results also point to efficiency on the MATIF. Also, Geman and Schneeweis (1993) present evidence to show that the NNN traded on MATIF is well suited for use in risk management strategies. Lee and Mathur (1999) show that the financial futures contracts trading on the Spanish futures markets, MEFF, are efficient. MEFF is the fourth largest futures market in Europe and shares with MATIF the distinction of attracting foreign traders. The results suggest that exchanges that can structure products so that they are attractive to foreign traders may experience efficiency in the pricing of their contracts. Finally, the results from pre- and post-GLOBEX subperiods suggest that introduction of trading on GLOBEX did not influence the efficiency of the traded contracts. Furthermore, these contracts trade on GLOBEX after hours. While contracts are traded through an open outcry system on MATIF, there is an automated continuous auction system on GLOBEX. Thus, the results of this study imply that the specific trading mechanisms involved do not influence the conclusions drawn in this study.