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Broker ID transparency and price impact of trades: evidence from the Korean Exchange

Thu Phuong Pham (School of Economics and Finance, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia)

International Journal of Managerial Finance

ISSN: 1743-9132

Article publication date: 2 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the changes in the price impact of trades in the major Korean stock market following the introduction of disclosure to all traders of the top five brokers on the buy-side and the top five brokers on the sell-side of trades in real time for each stock in the KOSDAQ market.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper uses several alternative metrics for the price impact of trades. The study applies estimation methodology that accounts for the potential endogeneity of other market quality proxies, which are used as control variables in price impact regressions, by utilizing two-stage-least-square methods with fixed effect specification.

Findings

This study finds that the permanent price impact (information effect) of both buyer- and seller-initiated trades increases, which indicates that information is disseminated quicker in a transparent market. Uninformed trades have a larger permanent price impact than informed trades on both the buy and sell sides. The liquidity price effects are found to be mixed for buys and sells.

Research limitations/implications

The study supports the current policy of the Korean Exchange to publicly display the five most active broker IDs on both the buy and sell sides, as it attracts both informed and liquidity traders, leading to faster price discovery in a more transparent market. However, a future study which analyzes the change in the market quality in both local markets would provide a complete picture of the effects of the policy.

Originality/value

Earlier studies documenting the effect of broker ID disclosure on market quality used effective spreads, market depth or order book imbalance as market quality measures. This study contributes to the existing literature by examining the changes in direct measures of the private information effect and liquidity effect of trades in a stock market – the Korean Stock Exchange – when the other part of the exchange (the KOSDAQ stock market) shifts to public broker ID transparency at the same transparency level.

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Acknowledgements

The author wish to thank the Security Industry Research Centre of Asia-Pacific (SIRCA) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) for data and financial support, respectively. The author is grateful to Kyong Shik Eom, Hyun ChongSeok, Jaeyoung Sung for providing me with information about the trading practices of KRX, and thank Peter Swan and Joakim Westerholm for their helpful suggestions. The author thanks David Michayluk (the editor) and the anonymous reviewer for their valuable comments.

Citation

Pham, T.P. (2015), "Broker ID transparency and price impact of trades: evidence from the Korean Exchange", International Journal of Managerial Finance, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 117-131. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMF-05-2013-0059

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