The volatility effect of futures trading: Evidence from LSE traded stocks listed as individual equity futures contracts on LIFFE

Khelifa Mazouz, Michael Bowe

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Abstract

This study investigates the impact of LIFFE's introduction of individual equity futures contracts on the risk characteristics of the underlying stocks trading on the LSE. We employ the Fama and French three-factor model (TFM) to measure the change in the systematic risk of the underlying stocks which arises subsequent to the introduction of futures contracts. A GJR-GARCH(1,1) specification is used to test whether the futures contract listing affects the permanent and/or the transitory component of the residual variance of returns, and a control sample methodology isolates changes in the risk components that may be caused by factors other than futures contract innovation. The observed increase (decrease) in the impact of current (old) news on the residual variance implies that futures contract listing enhances stock market efficiency. There is no evidence that futures innovation impacts on either the systematic risk or the permanent component of the residual variance of returns. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Review of Financial Analysis
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • GJR-GARCH(1,1)
  • Individual equity futures
  • Three-factor model

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