Following the PIMCO Active Bond ETF (NYSE: BOND) transfer in November 2022, four additional ETFs transferred their listings to the NYSE and now benefit from NYSE’s unique market model:
Since transferring, these four ETFs trade with tighter quoted spreads, bigger quoted size and opening and closing auctions execute at prices closer to relevant benchmarks.
Two foundational liquidity metrics are quoted spread, the difference between the consolidated best bid and best offer across the market (NBBO), and quoted share size, the total shares of trading interest quoted at the best bid and offer.
BOND continues to show improved market quality, and the four transfers experience similar benefits relative to the pre-transfer period. Since the transfers, the median quoted spread has dropped approximately 63% and 36% and the median quoted size has increased 15% and 70% for BOND and the four new transfers, respectively.
BOND Pre and Post Transfer Performance
Harbor and Thor ETFs Pre and Post Transfer Performance
To measure closing auction market quality, we compared the closing price to both the last quoted midpoint price in the market before the auction and the Net Asst Value (NAV). For the opening auction, we compared the opening auction price to the market’s consolidated volume-weighted average price (VWAP) over the five minutes of trading after the auction. Since the four ETFs transferred to the NYSE, their closing price to last quoted midpoint dislocation dropped around 2% and closing price to NAV dislocation dropped around 17%. Their opening auction dislocation declined around 71%. Both measures to closing auction slippage highlighted significant drops after the transfers and the opening auction slippage was notable in staying low below 20bps.
Harbor and Thor ETFs Closing Auction Slippage
Harbor and Thor ETFs Opening Auction Slippage
ETFs that have transferred to the NYSE have experienced improved market quality. Liquidity is better during the day and opening and closing auctions price closer to key benchmarks.
1. Data compares October 1, 2022 through March 13, 2023 and sourced from the SIP.
Activity in NYSE’s Retail Price Improvement Program for stocks not listed on the NYSE has shown strong growth since its launch last December. Tape B activity recently peaked at more than two million shares.
To enhance visibility and understanding of the Closing Auction process, NYSE has introduced a graphical interface with a trailing three months of closing imbalance feed historical data for the 1,000 largest daily Closing Auctions.
NYSE research reviewed option usage trends to end 2022 and start 2023: 2022 options market activity was generally aligned with equity market moves. Average monthly put-call volume ratio in 2022 was higher than 2021 but declined sharply at beginning of 2023. In 2022, floor traded a higher put premium relative to call but a much lower put premium in 2023. Moreover, electronic trading saw more activity in SPY and QQQ, while floor trading saw most activity in HYG. Also, floor trading had a significantly higher put-call ratio than electronic trading for days around FOMC meetings and CPI announcements over most of this period.