Trading activity and transaction costs in structured credit products

Hendrik Bessembinder, William F. Maxwell, Kumar Venkataraman

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After conducting the first study of secondary trading in structured credit products, the authors report that the majority of products did not trade even once during the 21-month sample. Execution costs averaged 24 bps when trades occurred and were considerably higher for products with a greater proportion of retail-size trades. The authors estimate that the introduction of public trade reporting would decrease trading costs in retail-oriented products by 5-7 bps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-67
Number of pages13
JournalFinancial Analysts Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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