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Optimal Liquidation in Dark Pools

Peter Kratz

Humboldt University of Berlin

Torsten Schoeneborn

AHL (Man Investments); University of Oxford - Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance

July 12, 2013

EFA 2009 Bergen Meetings Paper

We consider a large trader liquidating a portfolio using a transparent trading venue with price impact and a dark pool with execution uncertainty. The optimal execution strategy uses both venues continuously, with dark pool orders over-/underrepresenting the portfolio size depending on adverse selection and return correlations. Trading at the traditional venue is delayed depending on dark liquidity and adverse selection. If future returns depend on historical dark pool liquidity, then sending orders to the dark pool can be worthwhile simply to gather information. Pushing up prices at the traditional venue while selling in the dark pool might generate profits.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 59

Keywords: Dark pools, Optimal liquidation, Adverse selection, Market microstructure, Illiquid markets

JEL Classification: C02, C61, G11, G12, G20

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Date posted: February 17, 2009 ; Last revised: April 18, 2014

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Kratz, Peter and Schoeneborn, Torsten, Optimal Liquidation in Dark Pools (July 12, 2013). EFA 2009 Bergen Meetings Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1344583 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1344583

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Peter Kratz (Contact Author)
Humboldt University of Berlin ( email )
Unter den Linden 6
Berlin, Berlin 10099
Torsten Schoeneborn
AHL (Man Investments) ( email )
Sugar Quay
Lower Thames Street
London, EC3R 6DU
Great Britain
University of Oxford - Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance ( email )
Eagle House
Walton Well Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6ED
United Kingdom
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