Impact of Coronavirus on liquidity in financial markets  

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We examine the liquidity impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic upon equity markets in the USA, UK, Brazil, China, Germany and Spain. We establish that the pandemic causes a short-term loss in liquidity, confirmed by the significant increases in bid-ask spreads. Further, analysing long-term financial stability using price impact ratios, shows that for China alone, there is an impact of COVID-19. Also, examination of spread decomposition reveals the role of information asymmetry in the widening of spreads, rather than changes in cost of trading around the news of the pandemic. This finding holds for all of the observed capital markets with the exception of China.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101561
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2022

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  • Amihud ratio
  • Bid-ask spread
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Liquidity


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