Date of Award

5-2019

Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Economics and Finance

First Advisor

Todd Griffith

Abstract

I examine the effects of a change in the minimum quotation size on liquidity and volatility in the modern over-the-counter (OTC) markets. On November 12, 2012, the Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA) introduced a pilot program to adjust the minimum quote sizes for securities transactions in the OTC markets. I find that an increase in the minimum quote size decreases OTC market quality as spreads widen and volatility increases. In contrast, I find that a decrease in the minimum quote size improves OTC market quality, but the results are sensitive to the price of the security. These results offer important insights to regulators, exchange officials, and market participants in the OTC marketplace.

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Economics Commons

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