SEC Opts Against Subtlety In Demonstrating Just How Much It Hates Dark Pools

Having already put the mysterious, opaque platforms on notice, Mary Jo White & Co. are beginning to undress them. One’s already in the soup for taking a little too much pride in the folks it was quietly and very untransparently trading for. The rest are now having some light shone upon the disclosures they’re supposed to be making but maybe aren’t.

Investigators are exploring whether the trading systems are properly disclosing to clients how they operate, treating all investors fairly and protecting confidential client information, among other concerns, the people said….

Among the dark pools under investigation by the SEC is one operated by Barclays PLC, the people said. Barclays’ dark pool, called LX, was the second largest by trading volume in early May behind Credit Suisse Group AG’s dark pool, Crossfinder, according to data compiled by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

It isn’t clear which other trading systems the SEC is investigating and if the probe will lead to an enforcement action. If it does, it would be the first SEC case against a major dark-pool operator in the U.S. in recent years.

‘Dark Pools’ Face New SEC Probe [WSJ]

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4 Responses to “SEC Opts Against Subtlety In Demonstrating Just How Much It Hates Dark Pools”

  1. Guest says:

    Can't get my head around seeing Linda Hunt investigate the dark pool situation.

    • Guest says:

      It's actually Edna Mode from "The Incredibles" who's leading the operation, Dahling.

      >Guy who believes watching the SEC is like watching a Pixar movie.

  2. Guest says:

    are people really dumb enough to think that broker dark pools are of any benefit to clients?

  3. Quant me maybe... says:

    C'mon! Mary Jo looks like my 7th grade English teacher.

    >What's she gonna do? Send them to the principal's office?