Stories to Read This Weekend: March 11 – 13, 2016

Trading technology, dark pools and oil all featured in II’s best stories of the week.


This week at Institutional Investor, writers ranked the most influential financial technology executives, examined the need for transparency in dark pools and took a look at how different investors are reacting to the struggles in the oil and gas sector.

Writers also explained the economic growth efforts of China’s premier Li Keqiang and discussed efforts to increase liquidity in bond markets.

The 2016 Trading Technology 40: Block Orders to Blockchain

Institutional Investor’s annual Trading Technology 40 ranking showcased technology executives who are leading the pack when it comes to financial innovation. Taking the top spot this year is Ray Tierney III, global head of trading solutions at Bloomberg. Senior Contributing Editor Jeff Kutler provides an introduction to the ranking and the past year’s most important trends in financial technology.

Dark Pool Settlements Spark Calls for Greater Transparency

Research Staff Writer Jess Delaney takes a look at the legal issues plaguing dark pools and the potential impact of new regulations. Dark pools, or private trading venues for public stocks, have grown exponentially in recent years, and several lawsuits and settlements highlight the need for a clear set of rules.


Volatile U.S. Oil and Gas Sector Attracts, Spooks Investors

As the oil price slump continues, Contributor Bailey McCann examines how different investors are responding. Many hedge funds have put more resources toward long positions in the suffering industry, and some believe now is a great time to invest in the sector, McCann writes. But others consider the current climate too risky and are waiting it out.

To Congress, China’s Li Keqiang Emphasizes Need to Sustain Growth

China Bureau Chief Allen Cheng highlights recent efforts by China’s premier Li Keqiang to spur growth in the country despite continued volatility. The measures, which include $245 billion in infrastructure spending, will increase the deficit to 3 percent of GDP, but Li has said the result will be a “regional range” of growth, Cheng writes.

Tech Pioneer Tries to Bring Transparency to the Bond Market

In this blog post, Senior Writer Julie Segal gives readers an update on the bond markets and an introduction to electronic bond platform Marketcore. The firm is working to increase liquidity at a time of increased capital requirements, limitations on proprietary trading and other restrictions, Segal writes.