Tabb Group’s new report, “European Equity Trading 2012/2013: Changing the Rules of Engagement,” highlights some issues that we must hope politicians will note during their review of the MiFID regulations.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Tabb’s research profiles an equity market in crisis ─ arguably one that is dysfunctional in some important respects. “Lit book” trading volumes have again fallen sharply in 2012, and there has not been a correspondingly large increase in dark pool trading. So the predicament, as it appears to most buy-side firms, is one of vanishing liquidity. And the buy-side’s primary concern – as reported to Tabb – is how and where to find what liquidity is left.