The role of designated market makers in the new trading landscape

Quarterly Bulletin 2012 Q4
Published on 18 December 2012

By Evangelos Benos and Anne Wetherilt of the Bank’s Payments and Infrastructure Division.

Designated market makers (DMMs) have traditionally been a source of liquidity for exchange-traded securities and financial contracts.  Recent regulatory and technological developments, however, have changed the environment in which DMMs operate, raising questions about their place in the new trading landscape.  This article discusses the role and challenges of DMMs in today’s trading venues.

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