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Royal Dutch Shell – is the party over?

Is the fun about to come to an end for those trying to optimise (and capitalise on) their interaction with one of the most heavily traded equities in Europe?  It has to be one of our favourite stocks for the complexity it presents for equity exposure to a single organisation....

big xyt launches European ETF Launches weekly update

On the back of the announcement of our partnership with ETFbook yesterday, we're pleased to provide investors with our first weekly summary report of transparency in European ETPs, by consolidating all issued products and their liquidity across the fragmented landscape. These updates are for product issuers to monitor the evolving European ETP...

European Equities Market Microstructure Survey Q3 2021

European Equities Market Microstructure Survey Q3 2021

The summer saw increased nervousness in the European markets in reaction to a fragile recovery from the pandemic and concerns about the spectre of inflation. However, trading in equities remained quite buoyant, especially in September, and Q3 volumes returned to their seasonal, pre-pandemic average, in contrast to last summer’s...

How fast is the market? Do some traders have an advantage over others... and does it matter?

How fast is the market?

Do some traders have an advantage over others... and does it matter? How fast are equity markets? Or how much of the market operates at high speed? big xyt took an electron microscope to our normalised market data to find out.   We analysed UK lit markets to measure the time between...

ESG ETF trends

Greenwashing disinformation disseminated by an organisation so as to present an environmentally responsible public image. "while they can be useful, these sorts of standards are sometimes used quite cynically—as corporate greenwash" There is a difference between what people say and what they do. Companies are realising the importance of actions speaking...

European Equities Market Microstructure Survey Q2 2021

European Equities Market Microstructure Survey Q2 2021

Welcome to our latest quarterly survey of market volumes and fragmentation trends in European equities. If you are unfamiliar with the topic, we encourage you to visit our website to read our Microbites series for an explanation of European market microstructure.  With the major European indexes enjoying substantial price gains in...

Is anyone else worried about this?

Is anyone else worried about this?

As a trailer for our forthcoming Q2 2021 survey of European equity market microstructure, we thought you might like a sneak peek at what’s been happening to fragmentation.   Following Brexit and the divergence of dark trading rules, we have been monitoring the trend in the UK. The graph below shows...

When is a Block not a Block

When is a Block not a Block?

In the search for liquidity, particularly whilst minimising market impact, a means to identify large trades and where they take place is key for the investing community. The regulatory changes in MiFIDII introduced the concept of Large In Scale (LIS). No, not not a post-Brexit way to limit fishing quotas,...

New dark matter map reveals cosmic mystery

New dark pools map reveals cosmic mystery

We’re not too sure what all the excitement is about... at big xyt we have been researching the changing shape of the dark landscape for years. In fact, rather like long established theories, on the face of it European dark trading volumes have remained relatively steady. Our team of curious...

European Equities Market Microstructure Survey Q1 2021

Welcome to our latest quarterly survey of market volumes and fragmentation trends in European equities. Following a desolate second half in 2020 and despite ongoing Covid-19 and Brexit-related uncertainty, the first quarter of 2021 saw a return to some kind of normality in market volumes. View the complete report here. ***** All the...

Wales Stock Exchange

Wales to introduce independent stock exchange

Academics from Brains Trust predict market launch will quench investors’ thirst for trading to stay local. (Special note: this was an April Fool's Day post) Flushed with success from the Six Nations Championship a new stock market is being proposed for Welsh investment in Welsh companies.  Behind the initiative is the recently...

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