The Impact of Decimalization on the Consumer
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The purpose of this study is to examine how decimalization affects the volume of stocks traded on the stock exchanges in the United States. Many analysts and policy makers believe that decimalization will increase the volume of shares traded per day, because the market will become easier to participate in due to the ease of comparing stock prices. However, few studies have been done on this topic in the United States. A sample of 80 stocks from the New York Stock Exchange was chosen for this study. Volume information was collected for a period of 10 days before and 10 days after the date of decimalization. This data was run through a series of statistical tests that included aT-test, F-test and Wilcoxon Rank Test. The findings showed that the null hypothesis that decimalization has no effect on trading volume cannot be rejected.