New insights into the events on the Indian stock market in the mid-1990s

Liquidity matters

One of the most important features of a financial market is liquidity. In a well functioning market, a trader faces low costs of transacting and can confidently expect that at future dates, across many states of nature, the cost of transacting will prove to be low.

The immediate impact of a low . . . → Read More: New insights into the events on the Indian stock market in the mid-1990s

Paying for liquidity provision on exchanges

Market making versus the electronic limit order book Exchanges in India all operate as electronic limit order book markets. There are no `market makers’; there is just a publicly visible limit order book. Anyone is free to supply liquidity, by placing limit orders. The person who places market orders is the consumer of liquidity: . . . → Read More: Paying for liquidity provision on exchanges

Alternative Stock Market Indexes

I saw this interesting article about the mind-share of Nifty as opposed to the BSE Sensex. It is by Samie Modak and Muthukumar K. in the Financial Express.

The NSE data for June 2010 shows that Nifty futures have peaked at Rs.0.36 trillion of notional turnover in a day (27 Jan 2010) and Nifty . . . → Read More: Alternative Stock Market Indexes

A Cross-Country Comparison of Charges of Exchanges

In reading this article in the Wall Street Journal by By Rebecca Thurlow, Alison Tudor And P. R. Venkat about the potential merger of SGX with ASX, I saw this interesting cross-country comparison of exchange charges (in basis points):

Country Trading and clearing Taxes Singapore 4.75 0 Hong Kong 1.1 20 Taiwan 0.75 30 . . . → Read More: A Cross-Country Comparison of Charges of Exchanges

The Trading Hours Controversy

Shifting away from central planning

Traditionally, Indian socialism has involved government control of all aspects of financial products or processes. As an example, government specified the time of day at which trading starts and the time of day where it stops. The RBI committee process on currency futures and interest rate futures specified that . . . → Read More: The Trading Hours Controversy

The Coming Market Crash

“By the pricking of my thumbs, / Something wicked this way comes” is from Act 4, scene 1, lines 40-41 of the Bard’s Macbeth.

A year ago at Cambridge House when asked whether the economy was going to rebound I responded, “That light at the end of the tunnel is just the next train.  Get . . . → Read More: The Coming Market Crash