12 Days of Trading – Day 2 of 12: Alternative Closing Mechanisms

12 Days of Trading – Day 2 of 12: Alternative Closing Mechanisms

MiFID I opened the door to exchange competition in Europe. Whilst the central limit order books of the exchanges have seen their monopolies challenged, one area has remained the domain of the primary exchanges. However, with increasing focus on closing auctions driven by passive investing and ETFs, it is not surprising to see innovative attempts to provide alternative means to deliver execution at the closing price.

Many exchanges already support a post trade phase (Trading at Last) sweeping up remaining interest once the price has been established. Aquis and Cboe have recently introduced their own twist on the Primary mechanisms.

Today’s chart shows that investors looking for liquidity at the closing price need to be aware of the growth of alternative mechanisms (shown in the inset), and taking the example of Total we see growth overall and in the monthly peaks traded. Later in this series we will examine whether choosing liquidity over price at the close may have some hidden risks.

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On our 12 Days of Trading

As the year draws to a close we have been asked by clients to repeat our festive exercise on the 12 days leading up to the holidays. As a result, you will find a post to a different 2019 big-xyt observation each day.  We look and highlight trends since the introduction of MiFID II with a focus on this year’s changes or events.

We hope you enjoy them.

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