The lead-lag relation between spot and futures markets under different short-selling regimes

Li Jiang, Joseph K.W. Fung, Tsz Wan Cheng

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We examine the lead-lag relation between index futures and the underlying index under three types of short-selling restrictions on stocks in Hong Kong. Our results indicate that lifting short-selling restrictions can enhance the informational efficiency of the stock market relative to the index futures. We also investigate the impact of two market characteristics, market conditions and the magnitude of mispricing on the lead-lag relations under different short-selling regimes. Our findings suggest that if we remove restrictions, the contemporaneous price relation between the futures and cash markets becomes stronger particularly in the falling market and when the cash market is relatively overpriced.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-88
Number of pages26
JournalFinancial Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001


  • Index futures
  • Informational efficiency
  • Lead-lag relation
  • Short-selling
  • Spot market

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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