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Dark Trading and Price Discovery


Carole Comerton-Forde


University of Melbourne - Department of Finance; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Tālis J. Putniņš


University of Technology, Sydney - UTS Business School; Stockholm School of Economics in Riga; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

January 6, 2015


Abstract:     
Regulators globally are concerned that dark trading harms price discovery. We show that dark trades are less informed than lit trades. High levels of dark trading increase adverse selection risk on the lit exchange by increasing the concentration of informed traders. Using both high- and low-frequency measures of informational efficiency we find that low levels of non-block dark trading are benign or even beneficial for informational efficiency, but high levels are harmful. In contrast, we find no evidence that block trades in the dark impede price discovery.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 54

Keywords: dark pool, price discovery, information share, efficiency

JEL Classification: G14

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Date posted: December 2, 2012 ; Last revised: January 9, 2015

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Comerton-Forde, Carole and Putniņš, Tālis J., Dark Trading and Price Discovery (January 6, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2183392 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2183392

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Carole Comerton-Forde (Contact Author)
University of Melbourne - Department of Finance ( email )
198 Berkeley Street
Carlton VIC 3010
Australia
Financial Research Network (FIRN)
C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia
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Talis J. Putnins
University of Technology, Sydney - UTS Business School ( email )
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Stockholm School of Economics in Riga ( email )
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Riga, LV1010
Latvia
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Financial Research Network (FIRN)
C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia
HOME PAGE: http://www.firn.org.au

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