رقابت بدون سرگرمی: شواهدی از ساختار بازار جایگزین برای مشتقات
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|19722||2007||19 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Banking & Finance, Volume 31, Issue 3, March 2007, Pages 659–677
In this paper, we compare option contracts from a traditional derivatives exchange to bank-issued options, also referred to as covered warrants. While bank-issued option markets and traditional derivatives exchanges exhibit significant structural differences such as the absence of a central counterparty for bank-issued options, they frequently exist side-by-side, and the empirical evidence shows that there is significant overlap in their product offerings although options are not fungible between the two markets. The empirical analysis indicates that bid-ask spreads in either market are lowered by 1–2% due to competition from the other market, providing evidence that the benefits of competing market structures are available in the absence of fungibility.
Does competition between markets lower trading costs even when contracts are not fungible between them? In this paper, we use a natural experiment to address this important question. Our experiment is to compare bank-issued options to option contracts from a traditional derivatives exchange. Bank-issued options are exchange-traded, securitized options issued by banks and other financial institutions. The options are non-standardized, and individual issuers are free to choose any option characteristics for which they expect investor demand. Each issuer is the sole counterparty to its own option contracts. However, issuers compete by issuing similar or identical options and usually obligate themselves to serve as market makers for their own products on an organized exchange. For investors, bank-issued option markets represent an alternative to traditional derivatives exchanges such as the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). Trading activity in bank-issued options is frequently of considerable magnitude compared to trading activity in option contracts from traditional exchanges as illustrated by the fact that the trading volume of bank-issued options for the most active underlying asset in our sample would rank among the top five underlying assets on the CBOE during the same time period. We provide evidence that competition between the markets indeed significantly lowers quoted bid-ask spreads in both markets despite the fact that contracts are not fungible between them.3 For example, bid-ask spreads of traditional option contracts with direct competition from the bank-issued option market are approximately 1–2% lower than bid-ask spreads for otherwise comparable traditional option contracts without direct competition. This finding is broadly consistent with related work by Battalio et al., 2004, De Fountnouvelle et al., 2003, Mayhew, 2002 and Wang, 2000 examining the effect of competition among traditional US option exchanges on liquidity and market-making quality. However, an important difference exists between our results and the aforementioned studies of traditional option exchanges. Since US option exchanges share joint clearing facilities, contracts bought on one exchange can be sold on another exchange with minimal difficulty (De Fountnouvelle et al. (2003)). Therefore, the existing studies provide evidence of the (generally) beneficial effects of competition when contracts are exchangeable between markets. On the other hand, in the bank-issued option market studied in this paper, options are not exchangeable between issuers or between the bank-issued market and a traditional derivatives exchange in the sense that an option position entered into with a particular issuer cannot be liquidated with another issuer or on the derivatives exchange. The ability to take off-setting positions or to arbitrage between markets is further restricted by the fact that investors cannot write bank-issued options thereby imposing a short-sale constraint.4 Thus, we contribute to the existing literature by showing that benefits from competition between markets in the form of lower bid-ask spreads are obtainable even in the absence of fungible contracts/securities. The remainder of the paper is organized as follows. The next section explains the structural and institutional features of bank-issued option markets in more detail. Data and methodology are discussed in Section 3. Section 4 provides empirical evidence. Section 5 concludes.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
This paper analyzes two option markets with fundamentally different structures existing side-by-side and competing by offering options with identical or similar characteristics. We provide a comprehensive empirical comparison of bank-issued option markets and traditional derivatives exchanges, and find that bid-ask spreads are reduced by competition between the two markets although contracts, while similar or identical in their payoff functions, are not fungible between the two markets. This result holds implications for other asset markets, as it shows that at least some beneficial effects from competition are available even in the absence of fungibility. We also show (albeit without controlling for market depth) that the bank-issued option market has lower bid-ask spreads than the traditional derivatives exchange with the difference being both statistically and economically significant. The results may be of importance for regulators and practitioners. Current discussions surrounding a pan-European regulatory “securities passport” may consider bank-issued option regulation along the lines of the German model. Similarly, it appears that the creation of bank-issued option markets in the US via less onerous regulation comparable to the European model could help serve option investors by improving the quality of existing markets such as the CBOE due to competition. An alternative explanation for the absence of bank-issued option markets in the US is the possibility that traditional US option exchanges serve all investors sufficiently well to eliminate the need for alternative option market structures. Several avenues for future research remain, in particular, one can consider further investigation of the finding that average bid-ask spreads on EuWax are significantly smaller than average bid-ask spreads on EuRex. Furthermore, bank-issued option markets allow researchers an indirect look at option demand functions, since issuers are free to choose option characteristics that they expect to have high demand from investors. In particular, issuance can be studied dynamically to investigate how it responds to events in the underlying asset markets (e.g., issuing put options after large underlying asset price drops) and the markets for already existing derivative securities. Similarly, there may be dynamic interaction among issuers and markets with respect to both issuance and market-making behavior. This seems particularly interesting in light of the fact that many bank option issuers are also exchange-issued option market makers in the case of EuRex and EuWax.