Dark Pool Blocks on the Rise?

New dark pool regulations under consideration by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) could increase competition among dark venue providers.

Proposed rules would exempt venue operators executing block-sized trades of $200,000 or greater from real-time identity disclosure requirements. If that exemption remains in place and the real-time reporting rule goes into effect, more dark pool providers may boost their block-trading activities to work around the SEC requirement.

Venues including