The impact of illiquidity risk for the Nordic markets

Translated title of the contribution: El impacto del riesgo de iliquidez en los mercados nórdicos

Hilal Anwar Butt*, Kenneth Högholm

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this study, we propose a new measure of illiquidity for small, open stock markets; dollar zero-returns. Compared with other commonly used measures of illiquidity, the dollar zero-return produces the highest anomalous return across all four Nordic markets. In testing the pricing implication of the proxies of illiquidity, we use liquidity adjusted asset pricing models suggested in the literature for a panel of 25 size-related portfolios for the Nordic markets. Our results show that the only illiquidity measure that gives a significant positive effect across all Nordic markets is the dollar zero-return. Our results also show that the illiquidity mimicking portfolio factor, constructed through dollar zero-return, is the only factor showing a significant premium across different specifications, and its pricing remain significant also when the effect of the level of illiquidity (constructed through all measure of illiquidity) and of size is netted out.

Translated title of the contributionEl impacto del riesgo de iliquidez en los mercados nórdicos
Original languageSpanish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalSpanish Journal of Finance and Accounting
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)28-47
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 02.01.2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • Market-wide illiquidity
  • iliquidez para todo el mercado
  • margen sobre el rendimiento
  • market model
  • modelo del mercado
  • return spread
  • 512 Business and Management

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Financial management, accounting, and governance


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