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Old-School Trading

Traders Magazine, July 2006

Michael Scotti

It is true that equity trading is going more electronic, and has been for the last few years. Dark pools of liquidity will continue to grow. And in recent years, block trading has become somewhat of a stepchild in the business. Well, don't sell block trading short just yet. That's the gist of this month's cover story on block trading, an old art that once defined the institutional business: trading in size of hundreds of thousands of shares or more. Brokers, tired of seeing flow go the way of passive dark books, have in recent months stepped up to the plate using their capital, particularly to their best accounts.

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