Dispersion of information or market behaviour : general public trading in S & P 500 index futures
Gannon, Gerard 2009, Dispersion of information or market behaviour : general public trading in S & P 500 index futures, in PBFEAM 2009 & ICBA 2009 : Conference proceedings, School of Business, UTCC, Bangkok, Thailand.
This paper considers 15 minute records of trading volume and traded prices coinciding with the reporting intervals required by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Records are extracted from trade records for two way trade between market makers (CTI1) and the general public (CTI4) from January 1994 to June 2004. Futures price records are matched with S&P500 cash index price records. Simultaneous volatility models are specified and estimated to test trading volume to futures volatility lead/lag effects and also futures volatility to cash index volatility lead/lag effects. There is evidence that existing theoretical models of the general public trading behaviour do not explain such behaviour in these very actively traded markets. These effects can depend more on market conditions than what is suggested in theoretical models.