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Facebook Twitter SEC mulls ways to shed light on dark pools. By Jonathan Spicer and Rachelle Younglai WASHINGTON Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:56pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. securities regulators are considering ways to shed light on anonymous trading venues known as dark pools, including treating so called "indications of interest" as regular quotes, a source familiar with the Securities and Exchange Commission's position said on Tuesday.

SEC mulls ways to shed light on dark pools

Dark pools, private venues used to match large trades, have triggered concerns that stock pricing may not be transparent and that a privileged few are benefiting. SEC Now Targetting Dark Pools, Indications Of Interests. Zero Hedge has been the subject of much (welcome) ridicule both retail and institutional , for continuing the barrage of Indication Of Interest screens (also: IOIA tag ) and information for the benefit of our readers, which I have been showing consistently over the past month, ever since I had a feeling there is something peculiar in the advertised trade flow pipes.

SEC Now Targetting Dark Pools, Indications Of Interests

Dark Pool Trade Limit Said to Be Cut 95% in SEC Plan (Update3) - SEC headquarters in Washington Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S.

Dark Pool Trade Limit Said to Be Cut 95% in SEC Plan (Update3) -

Securities and Exchange Commission will propose toughening its limits on the amount of anonymous trading carried out on stock platforms called dark pools, according to two people familiar with the deliberations. The commission will propose lowering the amount of daily volume in a company’s shares that can be executed on the networks before prices must be made public to 0.25 percent from 5 percent tomorrow, said the people, who declined to be identified because the discussions weren’t public.

John Nester, an SEC spokesman, declined to comment. The rule change may curtail the number of transactions on dark pools, off-exchange platforms run by firms such as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Getco LLC that have drawn scrutiny from Democratic Senators Ted Kaufman of Delaware and Charles Schumer of New York. Concealing Trades The 0.25 percent threshold is smaller than Schumer has proposed.

Schumer, Niederauer. SEC votes for Dark Pool regulation. Perhaps the danger that the public will completely lose faith in the financial system is spurring a modest push for reforms.

SEC votes for Dark Pool regulation

Of course we are still only talking about the SEC, which has proven itself totally incompetent at enforcing existing regulations. (Dow Jones)--The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously agreed Wednesday to consider three proposals aimed at shedding more light on non-public electronic trading entities including dark pools, which match big stock orders privately. The proposals would require dark pools to make information about an investor's interest in buying or selling a stock available to the public instead of only sharing it with a select group operating with a dark pool.

They would also require dark pools to publicly identify if their pool executes a trade. Subject Meta: financial regulation Forum Categories: Fiscal, Monetary Policy. Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS): SEC Dark Pool Regulation “Too Granular. In a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) said the SEC needed to reconsider their regulatory proposal, saying it was too “granular.”

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS): SEC Dark Pool Regulation “Too Granular

The SEC is looking at dark pools in a more mechanical way, and so looks to regulate in that sense. For example, they want to treat what is called and actionable indications of interest (IOIs), as an actual quote. Commenting on that way of thinking and potential action, William P. With Dark Pool Regulation, Be Careful What You Wish For. Traders Magazine Online News, November 16, 2009 Stephen J Nelson; The Nelson Law Firm, LLC On Oct. 21, the SEC voted unanimously to propose regulations that would increase the transparency of dark pools.

With Dark Pool Regulation, Be Careful What You Wish For

From what we can discern so far, the proposed regulation takes aim at the culprit and shoots an innocent bystander. All articles are archived after 7 days. REGISTER NOW for unlimited access to all recently archived articles, as well as thousands of searchable stories. Early Thoughts On SEC Dark Pool Regulation by Advanced Trading. On Wednesday, October 21st, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held an open meeting in Washington, DC to address what it perceives as a growing lack of market transparency with respect to non-displayed venues and the emergence of a "two-tiered" market structure in which in which the public is deprived of information and denied access to liquidity available to institutional traders. At that meeting, the SEC put forth a series of proposals it believes will enhance transparency, reduce asymmetries, and enhance public confidence in the equity markets. These proposals were raised verbally at the meeting and the SEC has yet to present them in writing.

Unfortunately, discussing these proposals in advance of releasing them in written form has raised significant confusion in the industry. Woodbine Associates has received several calls from individuals who were present at the meeting yet took away different (and in some cases) conflicting points on the various discussion topics. More on CESR's Dark Pool Reg. I recently wrote a little piece about CESR, the EU Securities Regulator, and their update to Dark Pools regulations.

More on CESR's Dark Pool Reg

It got quite a reaction, including feedback from some of the dark pools regulators themselves, who 'corrected' the view that the Best Bid-Offer had been updated by making it clear that nothing had actually changed recently. For example, the document has been updated only to reflect how reference prices are formed in a negotiated trade waiver (Page 11). In fact, the clarification provided for me is that there are various price waivers allowed under MiFID: Eloge du monopole boursier - MARCHE MONETAIRE BOURSE.