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Liquidnet Study Finds Dark Trading Adjusting Ahead of MiFID II

Liquidnet, the global institutional trading network, today published Shape Shifting: Accessing the Dark Post MiFID II research on how buy-side traders plan to trade in the dark once broker dark pools are no longer admissible. Today, 65% of respondents see buy-side crossing networks as their most effective venue for accessing the dark versus 20% who still prefer broker dark pools.

Liquidnet’s Dark Pool Value Index (DPVI): Character vs Consistency

In this edition of Liquidnet's Dark Pool Value Index (DPVI), Adam Sussman—Head of Market Structure and Liquidity Partnerships at Liquidnet—talks about he believes that value is best demonstrated through outperformance in a particular category when assess a dark pool. Consistency is also a desirable trait but should be treated with caution.

Adam has also highlighted the seven top block pools according our most recent release of FINRA ATS Block data. These ATSs comprised more than 70% of the Block ATS market share from May through July. The comparison between the two different data sets help illuminate the different characteristics.

VIDEO: Empowering the Buy Side Through AI, Analytics and Automation (TABB)

Natasha Shamis, Liquidnet's Global Head of Product, sat down with Terry Roche at TABB's annual equities conference, "Equities 2017: Forward or Backward – Where Are We Headed." Natasha discusses how Liquidnet's Virtual High Touch™—a new category of buy-side technology that brings together advanced data analysis, adaptive learning algorithms, unique liquidity search tools, and real-time analytics into a new trading experience—helps buy side in an increasingly data-driven market.

Watch the full video.

Liquidnet’s Dark Pool Value Index (DPVI): Week of 4/24/2017

Liquidnet's Adam Sussman addresses the two week lag between FINRA’s release of the Tier 1 and Tier 2 ATS Transparency Data in his latest Dark Pool Value Index (DPVI).

Year to date, Tier 2 equities have accounted for roughly 38% of the total ATS volume, a sizable portion. Unfortunately, the Tier 2 data is released an additional two weeks after the Tier 1 data (four weeks from the original trading week). By the time the market receives the Tier 2 data, it is considerably stale. While we see no compelling reason for the additional delay, how much of a difference is there between the two data sets?

Making MiFID II Work: When is an SI not an SI?

Rebecca Healey, Liquidnet's Head of EMEA Market Structure and Strategy, dives into understanding how Systematic Internalisers (SIs) will work in practice. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Q&A provides some clarification on what SIs are and aren’t, and what characterises SI activity.

Making MiFID II Work: Unbundling

The topic of unbundling has been one of MiFID II’s most controversial areas, generating both heated debate and high levels of anxiety. Why? Because it aims to shake apart one of the foundations of modern investment banking: trading with a broker will pay for a broker’s research. As we’ve covered in previous editions of Making MiFID II Work, some of the key aims for the new rules are to bring transparency back to the market, remove conflicts of interest, and eliminate inducements—all with the singular purpose of benefiting the end investor. To achieve this under MiFID II, execution and research will have to be paid for separately, payments will not be tied to the volume and/or value of transactions, and research services will need a pre-agreed budget. Complicating the issue even further is the fact that many firms operate in multiple global regions and cannot simply look to unbundle in Europe alone.

Liquidnet’s Dark Pool Value Index (DPVI): Week of 2/24/2017

Adam Sussman, Liquidnet's Head of Market Structure and Liquidity Partnerships, used FINRA ATS Data for a 12 week period ending 2/24/2017 to create the ranking for this Dark Pool Value Index. A higher standard deviation means the ATS shows greater change within that category. This gives us a quick way to assess the long-term strength and stability of how an ATS differentiates itself from its peers.

Making MiFID II Work: Best ex reporting

30 April 2018 is the date the buy side will need to begin producing the first detailed best execution reports—an integral part of the new world of best ex, post-MiFID II. Even though April 2018 is still some time away, firms need to start collecting the data necessary for these reports now as the first one has to cover all orders executed during 2017. Understandably, the level of detail and data required for the new best ex reporting rules are certainly causing headaches in the industry—and for good reason. Like it or loathe it, big data is coming to the buy side.

Making MiFID II Work: Taking control of best ex

Greater transparency has been at the top of nearly every regulator’s wish list for a long time. And the great hope with MiFID II is that it will be the industry’s next major leap forward in achieving best execution both more transparently and more consistently. With even greater ownership of best execution post MiFID II, the buy side will need to understand all aspects of their order flow to demonstrate that they are making the most appropriate trading decisions given the liquidity that’s available. Under MiFID II, best execution won’t be just about price; it will be the policy and process that is most important. This will require firms to collect and assess more data to evaluate performance, create new systems and controls to monitor processes, as well as publish a clear and detailed Best Execution Policy.

Liquidnet’s Dark Pool Value Index: Week of 12/05/2016

Adam Sussman, Liquidnet's Head of Market Structure and Liquidity Partnerships, talks about how the Dark Pool Value Index (DPVI) does not take into account the magnitude of difference among the dark pools. In a brute ranking system, the end results dominate the story and the difference between 1st place and 2nd place becomes easy to overlook. This can mask the fact that there are some dark pools that have meaningful differentiation – and that many are very similar.

Venue Selection Significantly Impacts Information Leakage for Australian Block Trades

A new study by global trading network Liquidnet has found significant differences in the volatility of block trades in the Australian market minutes before execution, depending on where trades are executed. Higher volatility implies information leakage, which may cause a significant impact on performance for institutional investors.

Introducing Liquidnet’s Dark Pool Value Index

Since FINRA began publishing ATS volume, brokers and other analysts have used the data in various ways to rate or rank the various trading venues. However, we believe that none of the analysis presents this data in a way that is relevant to asset managers. To help fill this void, Liquidnet has developed the Dark Pool Value Index that ranks each ATS based on the factors that are most meaningful to an institutional investor (market share, market share symbol rank, and trade size by symbol).

Executing Australian Blocks

A recent study concluded that where you execute large trades can have a significant impact on performance. Volatility was shown to be, on average, 250% higher for other brokers relative to Liquidnet in the one minute prior to a block execution. Significantly increased volatility prior to a block execution is an indicator of information leakage, which can have an adverse effect on execution quality. Read the summary paper here.

Sourcing Liquidity Takes Center Stage as Confidence in Equity Inflows Returns, according to Global Survey of Buy Side Traders

Sourcing sufficient liquidity to get large trades done is the top concern of institutional traders globally, according to a survey conducted by Liquidnet, the global institutional trading network. Even as confidence in equity inflows returns, 84% of the survey’s respondents were either “concerned” or “very concerned” about being able to source liquidity in the current market. Liquidnet’s annual Institutional Voice survey canvassed the views of more than 115 buy-side equity traders around the globe.

2015 Institutional Voice Survey

More than 115 traders from Liquidnet’s global community shared their thoughts on some of the most important issues that they are facing every day. This year’s survey looks at key issues impacting execution, market structure, and global investing. View the results here.

VIDEO: Executing Canadian Blocks

Liquidnet’s most recent market microstructure research focused on the block market in Canada. Watch this video with Akis Georgiou, Head of Quantitative Analysis, to learn about the findings and read the summary paper here

Executing Canadian Blocks

A recent study concluded that market impact is rife in the block-favoring Canadian market, and that where you execute large trades can have a significant impact on performance. Volatility was shown to be, on average, 150% higher for other brokers relative to Liquidnet in the one minute prior to a block execution. Clearly, minimizing this market impact consistently is a key factor in improving block trading performance over the long term. Read the summary paper here.

The Institutionalization of the Pre-IPO Equity Market

A longer road to the public market requires a new source of pre-IPO capital. Institutional investor participation in the pre-IPO equity market can be broadened significantly but structural changes to the marketplace will be required. Read this paper to learn how Liquidnet's Capital Markets team is providing  a solution to help pre-IPO equity become a broadly held institutional asset class.

Institutional Voice Survey Results

The results of Liquidnet’s 2014 Institutional Voice survey are in. We heard from more than 100 traders from Liquidnet’s global community who shared their thoughts on some of the most important issues that they are facing every day.