Limit order books, uninformed traders and commodity derivatives: Insights from the European carbon futures

Abstract : This paper provides a suitable model for studying the strategic behavior of uninformed investors that trade commodity derivatives via limit order books. Two main testable implications are obtained after solving for the model equilibrium. The adverse selection costs of uninformed traders depend on the inflow of market orders and their risk aversion. Next, the adverse selection costs of uninformed buyers and sellers and the difference of their asset valuations determine the size of their bid-ask spread. An analysis of European carbon futures data confirms the relevance of these implications. Moreover, we detect a diagonal effect that results in a positive correlation of market orders, which is driven by adverse selection, then by order splitting strategies and by imitative strategies of uninformed traders to a lesser extent.
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Yves Rannou. Limit order books, uninformed traders and commodity derivatives: Insights from the European carbon futures. Economic Modelling, Elsevier, 2019, 81, pp.387-410. ⟨10.1016/j.econmod.2019.07.009⟩. ⟨hal-02311467⟩

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