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Trading and arbitrage in cryptocurrency markets

Makarov, Igor and Schoar, Antoinette (2019) Trading and arbitrage in cryptocurrency markets. Journal of Financial Economics. ISSN 0304-405X (In Press)

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Cryptocurrency markets exhibit periods of large, recurrent arbitrage opportunities across exchanges. These price deviations are much larger across than within countries, and smaller between cryptocurrencies, highlighting the importance of capital controls for the movement of arbitrage capital. Price deviations across countries co-move and open up in times of large bitcoin appreciation. Countries with higher bitcoin premia over the US bitcoin price see widening arbitrage deviations when bitcoin appreciates. Finally, we decompose signed volume on each exchange into a common and an id- iosyncratic component. The common component explains 80% of bitcoin returns. The idiosyncratic components help explain arbitrage spreads between exchanges.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 American Economic Association
Divisions: Finance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2019 08:21
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2020 00:10

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