ConvergEx announced last week that it was euthanizing one of its two dark pools, VortEx. Guest commentator, Craig Viani, one of the dark pool's co-founders, muses about the passing of the ATS.
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Buyside traders in Europe who are facing the uncertain future of where to get their alpha generating research and how to pay for it now will have access to central repository.
Pioneer Investment Management thinks Europes looming ban on bundling together payments for equity research and trading is a great idea. But uncertainty over what will be allowed in the final rules has forced it to stop its efforts to separate the two.
Unbundling commissions in Europe could cost broker-dealers and other research providers 1.7 billion euros in equity commissions annually, if not handled carefully.
More change is coming to the equity trading markets of the Great White North.
Canada's Omega ATS has opened its second trading venue in the Great White North -Lynx ATS. After receiving final approval and making all the tweaks and getting its trading technology in order, the new venue is officially open for business.
PDQ ATS is looking to get into the institutional trading business and has started an institutional equities group to get the buyside's business and its bigger trades. And it has hired two new ex-exchange pros to help get the new venture going.
The dark markets have become so efficient that the costs of execution and market impact are lower than at the display markets, where take fees are highest and market impact is most significant.
Traders believe dark pools have entered a "mature phase" and use them to avoid "toxic liquidity" from high-frequency trading firms, but the size of trades in those pools is getting smaller. These are among a few findings from a new report published by market research firm Celent.
Industry professionals took the opportunity to gripe about the proliferation of stock exchanges at this year's Security Industry and Financial Markets Association market structure conference.