Smart order router definition

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Smart order router has a particular significance in relation to IG's platform. Here, we define smart order router in general investing and explain what it means to you when trading with IG Bank.

A smart order router (SOR) is an automated process used in online trading that follows a set of rules when looking for trading liquidity. The goal of an SOR is to find the best way of executing a trade.

Most major institutional investors and brokers will use a smart order router in order to find the best possible prices for trades as quickly as possible. Each smart order router will be set up according to different needs.

Smart order routers are often deployed as part of an automated trading system, though the level of automation involved varies between routers.

With IG Bank

We use smart order routing (SOR) technology to search for liquidity across multiple venues, starting with 'dark pools' that offer mid-point matching – giving you the best possible chance of getting price improvements.

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