Nasdaq Nordic: Dark trading is flourishing under MiFID II

The president of Nasdaq in the Nordic region says European efforts to ensure greater transparency in equity trading appear to have backfired.

Lauri Rosendahl, who oversees the Nordic Nasdaq exchanges from Stockholm, says: “We have more dark trading than ever before and actually less lit trading.”

This is not what was supposed to happen after Europe enforced its revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) this year. In fact, the directive's aim was to ensure greater visibility around equities trading in Europe.

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