Dark Liquidity Pool

Dark Liquidity Pool

A private securities exchange or trading platform. Dark liquidity pools do not publish the prices of their transactions, which allows investors to make larger transactions at lower cost than they might otherwise. Most traders in dark liquidity pools are institutional investors, such as mutual funds or hedge funds, that wish to protect the anonymity of their investments and/or investors. They also may not wish to cause price movements by the disclosure of their transactions. No dark liquidity pool is completely secretive: they must register with the SEC as either a securities exchange or a broker-dealer; they are governed by Regulation ATS, which stipulates certain transactions and prices that they must disclose under various circumstances. See also: Transparency.
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London Stock Exchange Group Plc (LSE) has launched a new pan-European equities trading platform in partnership with US investment bank Lehman Brothers (NYSE: LEH).The LSE said that the trading platform, named Baikal, will offer a dark liquidity pool, which allows banks, hedge funds and institutional investors to trade shares in secret.
Under the terms of the agreement, Fidessa users are now able to access Instinet Japan's suite of algorithms, global DMA platform, and two dark liquidity pool platforms offered under the firm's Japanese PTS (proprietary trading system) license.
aOne of the core value propositions that we were very specific about when we built the dark liquidity pool in the US was to provide a unique and differentiated pool of liquidity for our clients to interact with while giving them transparency around performance of the interaction,a Brian Fagen, head of equities electronic trading distribution, BarCap, said in an interview for the Q2 2010 issue of The TRADE.
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Dark liquidity pools do not display quotes, but match orders anonymously instead to minimise the market impact of large trades.