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Dark Pools and High Frequency Trading For Dummies by Jay Vaananen

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Chapter 1

Focusing on Dark Pools and High Frequency Trading, Just the Basics

In This Chapter

arrow Looking at what makes a dark pool

arrow Defining high frequency trading

arrow Naming the cast of characters

arrow Identifying the order types

arrow Eyeing regulation

They’re the hot topic in financial markets now. You can’t open a newspaper or click on financial news without coming up against the terms dark pools or high frequency trading (HFT). It’s all happening in the world of dark pools – lawsuits, scandals and accusations of the market being rigged. One thing is certain: all the banks and brokers are involved in one way or another with dark pools. But whenever you mention dark pools, you also have to consider the subject of HFT. One came about because of the other, and then they came full circle and now both operate in the same environments.

Like the name implies, dark pools are dark and secretive and the banks, brokers and institutions that operate the dark pools would prefer them to remain that way. High ...

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