The Microstructure Exchange is a virtual academic market microstructure research seminar of indefinite length, intended to continue the sharing of ideas between researchers.

Speakers will be invited to present their work over Zoom. Seminars will last 45 minutes with questions asked at designated break points during the talk and a 15 minute Q&A session at the end of the session that will be organized by a moderator.

Upcoming talk

Joel Hasbrouck (NYU)
Network Structure and Pricing in the FX Market
with Richard Levich (NYU)
February 16th, 11 am (EDT)
Paper link

Abstract: For a foreign exchange settlement network we construct profit attributions and relate them to centrality. Our sample (from CLS Bank) spans diverse currency pairs, participants, and execution platforms. For each settlement we define the average centrality differential as the return to the more-central counterparty in the trade, and model this as a function of the two counterparties’ centralities. Estimates of this differential are generally positive, implying that the more-central counterparty realizes a higher return. Additionally, the differential generally increases as the counterparties’ centralities diverge. These two results are consistent with a pervasive centrality premium. The estimates are robust to the choice of pre- or post-settlement benchmarks, to inclusion of settlement size interactions, and to weighting the degree centralities by number or value of settlements. Across currency pairs the centrality profit varies considerably, and typically amounts to about one-third of bid-ask half-spread. The centrality premium is consistent with the hypothesis that central agents exercise bargaining power. We also find, however, evidence suggesting that the premium is at least partially offset by losses that central agents incur in supplying liquidity.


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