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The ECN Playing Field:The Existing Players

Traders Magazine, May 1998

Staff Reports

Instinet: Owned by London's Reuters Group PLC, Instinet is one of the oldest and largest electronic communications network (ECNs). Founded in 1969, Instinet was acquired by Reuters in 1987, and now has offices in eight major financial centers worldwide. As a reigning champion, it is the target of every competing ECN, even though it has not seen any major impact on its business. The trading community complains that Instinet crashes often.

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