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Is Free Riding Good for Markets?

Traders Magazine, March 2005

Gregory Bresiger

Free riding can sometimes be helpful. That's the contention of pension fund TIAA-CREF Investment Management, which argues against the trade-through rule, in a report to the Securities and Exchange Commission. TIAA-CREF agrees that the NYSE plays a dominant role in price discovery, but nevertheless argues that "an ATS such as Liquidnet, ITG's POSIT, or any upstairs market maker can play a major role with regard to quantity discovery."

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