Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) just announced that it will launch an innovative new market feature, Auction on Demand, on June 7, 2017. This service is designed to fulfill MIFID II transparency requirements for the periodic auction trading model, while offering Nasdaq’s trading clients a regulated and highly advanced alternative to Over the Counter and darkpool trading.
Currently, only half of equity trading across Europe is carried on “lit” order books, which allows all traders to see the amount of liquidity posted on each bid and offer. After the implementation of MiFID II regulations in 2018, the majority of equity trading will be required to take place on lit markets.
Henrik Husman, VP of Cash Equities at Nasdaq, commented:
Auction on Demand provides a new way of executing large orders, without disrupting the market, in a regulated and transparent trading environment, making Nasdaq Nordic an even more secure and liquid marketplace.
Developed with professional investors in mind, Auction on Demand addresses a broad range of execution challenges for larger orders, runs in parallel to Nasdaq Nordic’s lit order books, and is triggered on-demand.
Testing will begin March 20, 2017, and Auction on Demand will be launched on June 7, 2017. It will be available for all members trading shares on the main markets of Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Iceland, via all order entry protocols, and during regular trading hours.
With Auction on Demand, Nasdaq has aimed to incorporate its world leading technology and market knowledge into a service that will help market participants execute both large and small orders in accordance with the new MiFID II regulations.