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Power in the darkness

Just what are dark pools? And how are they affecting the fortunes of European stock markets? Philip Connolly reports.

7th September, 2014
While dark pools may seem like the preserve of the type of high finance that is beyond the scope of most investors, chances are that, at some point, most people's pension funds have availed of the dark market.

The rise of private trading venues – known as dark pools – is casting a shadow across European markets as traders move away from public exchanges. In Dublin, where one of the few licensed European dark pool exchanges is located, an increase in the international money flowing in is pushing up trading volumes to the highest levels in years.

As volumes rise, however, so too do the levels of attention on dark pools, and European...

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