Optimal Liquidation in Dark Pools

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Peter Kratz

Humboldt University of Berlin

Torsten Schoeneborn

AHL (Man Investments); University of Oxford - Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance

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Date Written: July 12, 2013


We consider a large trader liquidating a portfolio using a transparent trading venue with price impact and a dark pool with execution uncertainty. The optimal execution strategy uses both venues continuously, with dark pool orders over-/underrepresenting the portfolio size depending on adverse selection and return correlations. Trading at the traditional venue is delayed depending on dark liquidity and adverse selection. If future returns depend on historical dark pool liquidity, then sending orders to the dark pool can be worthwhile simply to gather information. Pushing up prices at the traditional venue while selling in the dark pool might generate profits.

Keywords: Dark pools, Optimal liquidation, Adverse selection, Market microstructure, Illiquid markets

JEL Classification: C02, C61, G11, G12, G20

Suggested Citation

Kratz, Peter and Schoeneborn, Torsten, Optimal Liquidation in Dark Pools (July 12, 2013). EFA 2009 Bergen Meetings Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1344583 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1344583

Peter Kratz (Contact Author)

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Torsten Schoeneborn

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