Dark pool trading in Asia increases – as does regulatory interest

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Financial market regulators worldwide are increasingly focusing on dark pools with concerns the relative opacity of these platforms can hamper price discovery if too much volume is taken away from the lit market. In Asia-Pacific, dark pools – essentially platforms that do not publicly quote prices – are located in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. However, the proportion of trades executed in dark markets compared with lit venues is still relatively small when compared wi