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

Rajesh ChakrabartiSubscribe to Rajesh Chakrabarti

FII Trading Activity and Intraday Volatility

This paper investigates whether the trading activity of foreign institutional investors adversely affects (intraday) volatility in the Indian stock markets. It reports that aggregate trading activity of FIIs dampens market volatility whereas aggregate trading activity of domestic investors exacerbates volatility. Further, the paper finds that positive shocks in aggregate trading activity have a greater impact than negative shocks; this asymmetry is stronger for aggregate domestic trades. Using a proprietary data set, the paper also relates individual stock volatility to tick-by-tick transaction volume, conditional on trader type and transaction type. The intraday results show that trading among FIIs does not increase stock volatility, but when FIIs sell to domestic clients or when domestic clients trade amongst themselves, volatility increases.

On the Jalan Committee Report

The recommendations of the Jalan Committee on the governance of stock exchanges have evoked a storm of protests, especially from sections of those involved in trading securities. This is not surprising, for the overarching stance of the committee is that exchanges are in the nature of "public institutions" with significant externalities for the economies they serve. This is because they have a dual purpose of providing trading services as well as carrying out regulatory functions of monitoring traders and listed companies. Thus they approximate in nature an "essential facility".
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