Introduction to "Dark Pools" and off-exchange trading


The next couple of articles will pertain to the complex topic of capital market structure lesser known segment of off-exchange trading channels (or dark pools as they are more often known in the media). Many regulatory changes in the European Union as well as in the United States of America had unforeseen side-effects on the institutional investor's ability to trade. Underlying these changes, this article will attempt to contribute to the discussion around the fast evolving market structure in terms of functionalities for the investor.

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The "single" market misconception or how one of the main EU principles never trully came to life


The EU common or single market as the media most often refers to it is far from being actually implemented. Many economic sectors are still being over seeded (understand barricated from foreign entry) by national law. A good example is the telecommunications sector, where since many years, mobile consumers are those paying the price of national protectionist measures. While at first glance, one might believe this article to bear some ideological belief, let me assure you that nothing but my opinion as a consumer leads the argument.

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Syria: another WWI decision backlash ?

map illustration of the ottoman sykes-picot roadmap

The motivation for writing this article comes from my long-term interest towards this very particular period of human history, which to my amusement E. Hemingway liked to call La Génération Perdue . As many know it, lot of long-term decisions with hefty consequences were made during the Great War and some parts of the world still pay their price. This analysis will try to identify the political causes of today's anarchy in the ex-Ottoman world, which is to say the Maghreb, Egypt, Middle-Eastern and Arabian regions with a special focus on current developments in Syria and Iraq. A historical approach to the "Syrian problem" will be interesting because so few medias have been thoroughly presenting the issue's origin, which I believe to be dated as far as 1916...

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