An overdue shake-up?

First, the number of dark pool providers currently operating in the US - roughly 40 - is not sustainable over the long term, and consolidation of unlisted execution venues will occur as larger players either acquire smaller pools or wrest enough volume that they dry up.

Second, buy-side traders face a perennial issue of having to figure out which dark venues have adequate liquidity at a given time to fill their orders. Many traders have armed themselves to the teeth with the latest algorithms

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