Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Accounting, Economics and Finance


This thesis presents three sets of analyses focused on market quality and price discovery in derivatives markets. Specifically, this thesis investigates the impact of macroeconomic information releases and asymmetric information on market quality and price discovery in futures and swap markets. The findings in this thesis addresses a number of important issues in the current literature which are of great importance for market participants, regulators and exchanges. This thesis provides a deeper understanding on the role of trading breaks in futures markets on information sensitive days, information flows across interest rate swap and futures markets on macroeconomic announcement days and the role of High Frequency Traders (HFTs) in influencing market quality around information releases.



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