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Dark Pool Trading Strategies

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  • Sabrina Buti
  • Barbara Rindi
  • Ingrid M. Werner

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We model a financial market where traders have access both to a fully transparent limit order book (LOB) and to an opaque Dark Pool (DP). When a DP is introduced to a LOB market,orders migrate to the DP from the LOB, but overall trading volume increases. Moreover, inside quoted depth in the LOB decreases, but quoted spreads tend to narrow in deep books and widen in shallow ones. DP market share is higher when LOB depth is high, when LOB spread is narrow, when the tick size is large and when traders seek protection from price impact. When depth decreases on one side of the LOB, liquidity is drained from the DP. When Flash orders provide select traders with information about the state of the DP, more orders migrate from the LOB to the DP but overall market quality improves.

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  • Sabrina Buti & Barbara Rindi & Ingrid M. Werner, 2011. "Dark Pool Trading Strategies," Working Papers 421, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.
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