Tag: Dark pools

Dark pools

And Finally…

In the wake of the GFC and the allegations of misconduct aimed at institutions and individuals, the buzz word was ‘transparency’ – the word from market participants was that they were going to be transparent about everything, meanwhile regulators everywhere made a sustained push for absolute transparency in markets.
The thing is, in FX terms especially, it hasn’t worked – I am not convinced it has in any market actually – and market participants are showing this in where they put their business.

And Another Thing…

I was not surprised to hear that another two FX platform providers are working on the delivery of a mid-market matching, or ‘dark’ mechanism to add to their suite of services. Inevitably given the (apparent) success of BGC’s dark pool MidFX, this is an avenue that they should explore. Given that nothing is launched without extensive customer feedback, one has to assume this is client driven, but that begs the question. If customers like ‘dark’ trading, why has there been no serious challenge to BGC?