ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Determinants of Bid-ask Spread in the Indian Government Securities Market

Liquidity measurement in financial markets has generated considerable attention in financial research. In this paper, the cost of liquidity is measured by computing the bid-ask spreads of liquid securities traded in the Indian government securities market, and is analysed with other liquidity measures. Overall, volatility is found to be the key variable impacting bid-ask spreads. Trading volume has a negative impact on spreads, although at a much smaller magnitude. Trade initiation and net liquidity appear to be smaller but significant drivers of spreads. Order imbalance and trade execution variables, analysed separately with the other variables, show divergent relationship with spreads.

Impact of Futures Trading on Commodity Prices

The article attempts to explore the effect of the introduction of futures trading on spot prices of pulses. It finds that volatility in urad as well as pulses prices was higher during the period of futures trading than in the period prior to its introduction as well as after the ban of futures contracts.
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