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Fixing a Leaky Fixing: Short-Term Market Reactions to the London PM Gold Price Fixing

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  • Andrew Caminschi,

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    1. Andrew Caminschi and Richard Heaney are at University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
    • Correspondence author, Accounting and Finance, UWA Business School, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, Perth WA 6009, Australia. Tel: +61-437-085-272, Fax: 61-8-6488-1047, e-mail: acaminschi@uchicago.edu

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  • Richard Heaney

    1. Andrew Caminschi and Richard Heaney are at University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
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  • The authors would like to kindly acknowledge the work of an anonymous reviewer for their extensive contributions to this paper. All errors are our own.

Abstract

This article investigates the impact of the London PM gold price fixing on two exchange-traded gold instruments: the GC gold futures contract and the GLD exchange-traded fund. We find significantly elevated levels of trade volume and price volatility immediately following the fixing's start, well before the conclusion of the fixing and the publication of its results. Similarly, we find statistically significant return advantages in the 4 minutes following the start of the fixing for informed traders. We find no significant impacts or returns following the publication of the fixing results. Trades in the opening minutes of the fixing are significantly predictive of the price direction of the fixings, in some cases exceeding 90%. Combined, these findings support the following conclusions: that the London PM gold price fixing does have material impact on the exchange traded gold instruments, information from the fixing is leaking into markets prior the fixing results being published, and there exist economic returns for trading on these information leaks. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Jrl Fut Mark 34:1003–1039, 2014

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