The Tokyo and Osaka exchanges have inched back market share from rival proprietary trading systems in their first month of trading as the Japan Exchange, a combined exchange. Meantime, overall Asian equity volumes hit a 22-month high.
Dark multilateral trading facilities increased as a percentage of European equity activity in January, as overall trading in the region reached its largest total since May 2012.
The proportion of non-displayed trading in Canada has more than halved since the introduction of new rules that restricted the use of dark pools last October, according to data from Thomson Reuters.
Interdealer broker Tradition has added two new founder members to its TraFXpure platform for spot FX trading ahead of its impending launch.
Equiduct has expanded the role of a key market maker on its pan-European trading venue, adding further to liquidity available to its members.
Commissioner Scott O'Malia has revealed the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission's final rules governing swap execution facilities would be released by mid-February.
Within the next few weeks, UK market making firm Winterflood will begin market making on Equiduct, providing a much needed boost to the pan-European retail-focused market.
Regulatory scrutiny of US market structure is intensifying, reinforcing the imperative for stock exchanges to look beyond matching equity trades towards new innovations and revenue diversification.
The number of equity derivatives contracts traded plunged 20.4% globally to 14.9 billion in 2012, the first drop in nearly a decade, new figures from the World Federation of Exchange have shown.
Even with the continued lack of clarity on new rules set to govern US swaps trading venues, prospective market operators are keenly preparing their offerings in anticipation of Q2 launches.