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An Introduction to Trading in the Financial Markets: Global Markets, Risk, Compliance, and Regulation by R. Tee Williams

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Geography

The trading markets can be divided geographically into three major regions with dominant and satellite markets in each of the regions. There are then three other regions that are growing but have not reached dominance. The regions are the same for all instrument categories; however, the dominant cities are not always the same from instrument to instrument.

Likewise, centers for the buy and sell sides are frequently primary market centers; however, there are exceptions. Although the sell side often grows near major trading venues, major concentrations of buy-side firms exist in cities or countries that are not major centers of trading.

The primary regions are Asia, Europe, and North America (see Figure 1.1). Africa, Oceania, and South ...

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