Trading Strategies during Circuit Breakers and Extreme Market Movements

(with Kenneth A. Kavajecz)

Selected papers by Michael A. Goldstein are available on SSRN at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=54604


Journal of Financial Markets




We study the trading strategies of NYSE market participants through their choice of venue, order type and timing during the turbulent October 1997 period. During this period, we find the implicit costs of supplying liquidity through the electronic limit order book become so high as to induce market participants to withdraw depth from the book, opting instead for the flexibility and discretion of floor trading. In addition, we find that ahead of a market-wide closure, market participants display behavior consistent with the magnet effect, while during the market-wide closure they curtail activity. Our results have implications for the viability of ECNs and electronic limit order books during turbulent periods as well as regulation aimed at maintaining the orderly working of markets during crisis periods.


Finance and Financial Management | Portfolio and Security Analysis

Recommended Citation

Goldstein, Michael A., Kenneth A. Kavajecz. 2004. "Trading Strategies during Circuit Breakers and Extreme Market Movements" Journal of Financial Markets 7, no. 3: 301-333.

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