Introduction

The world’s economy is becoming globalized at a staggering pace, and the trading markets are among the most advanced economic sectors in integrating operations that span national boundaries.

Trading venues are competing and consolidating across borders to become operators of multicountry execution facilities. Instruments are increasingly separating into segments, some of which trade continuously in a largely global environment, whereas others remain largely confined to the home country where the instrument was issued. Entities operating in the markets are forced to choose either to be global, becoming a player in many different countries, or to specialize in one or a few national markets where the firm has the resources to compete. ...

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