Articles

Illiquidity Contagion and Liquidity Crashes

G. CESPA, T. FOUCAULT

Review of Financial Studies

June 2014, vol. 27, n°6, pp.1615-1660

Departments: Finance, GREGHEC (CNRS)

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1804351


Liquidity providers often learn information about an asset from prices of other assets. We show that this generates a self-reinforcing positive relationship between price informativeness and liquidity. This relationship causes liquidity spillovers and is a source of fragility: a small drop in the liquidity of one asset can, through a feedback loop, result in a very large drop in market liquidity and price informativeness (a liquidity crash). This feedback loop provides a new explanation for comovements in liquidity and liquidity dry-ups. It also generates multiple equilibria


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