Diving into the dark: dark pools proliferate


European equity volume traded in crossing networks (multilateral trading facilities, MTFs) and broker dark pools is expected to increase from 3% in 2008 to 11% by 2010, according to TABB Group. This will happen, opines the group, as more buy-side traders, liquidity-seeking algorithms and matching logic is improved and agency trading takes over from risk capital.

TABB expects lit venues to add dark orders and functions. The combination should give the widest participation, but the group cautions,

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