Sequential Search for Corporate Bonds
In over-the-counter (OTC) markets, customers search for counterparties. Little is known about this process, however, because existing data is comprised of transaction records, which are only informative about the end of a successful search. Leveraging data from the leading trading platform for corporate bonds, we offer evidence about the search process: we analyze customers’ repeated attempts to trade (successful and unsuccessful). We estimate that it takes two to three days to complete a transaction after an unsuccessful attempt, with substantial variation depending on trade and customer characteristics. Our analysis offers insights into the sources of trading delays in OTC markets.
- In contrast to stocks that are traded on established exchanges such as the New York Stock Exchange, corporate bonds are traded in over-...