Dark pools definition

Dark pools has a particular significance in relation to IG's platform. Here, we define dark pools in general investing and explain what it means to you when trading with IG.

Dark pools

Dark pools are networks – usually private exchanges or forums – that allow institutional investors to buy or sell large amounts of stock without the details of the trade being released to the wider market. Dark pools can also be referred to as dark pool liquidity, or dark liquidity.

They came about as a way for large-scale investors to make deals with each other that would not result in an adverse price move against them.

If an investor wants to sell a major portion of a company’s stock on a public exchange they must declare their intention, and run the risk that the value of the stock will drop thanks to the swell in supply. Dark pools remove this risk by announcing deals only after they have taken place, and restricting access to deals.

With IG

Some traders have spoken out against the existence of dark pools as they feel that their presence unfairly gives an advantage to large scale institutional investors. Any stockbroking client with IG can redress the balance and access dark pools via smart order routing technology.

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - L - M - N - O - P - R - S - T - U - V - W

See all glossary trading terms

Help and support

Get answers about your account or our services.

Get answers

Or contact us on +971 (0) 4 559 2100 or helpdesk.ae@ig.com.

Our office is open 5 days a week, Sunday to Thursday from 8am to 7pm (Dubai time). Support line is available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, except for Saturday from 1am to 11am (Dubai time).

All trading involves risk and losses can exceed deposits. Trading CFDs may not be suitable for everyone so please ensure that you fully understand the risks involved. All trading involves risk and losses can exceed deposits.