Markit Shines Light on Changing European Equity Market
4 December 2008
Markit, a financial information services provider, today announced the launch of Markit MSA, a new market share analysis service designed to bring further transparency to the European equity market.
Markit MSA provides a greater insight into the new trading landscape that has emerged since the introduction of MiFID  last November. The proliferation of alternative trading venues and “dark pools” across the continent has resulted in fragmented trading, making it difficult for market participants to monitor liquidity and market activity.
Niall Cameron, Executive Vice President of Equities, Indices, Commodities and Risk Management at Markit, said: “Since the introduction of MiFID, the European equity market has changed dramatically. We created Markit MSA to help market participants understand the shifts taking place in equity trading by tracking liquidity and market activity.”
Markit MSA is a reliable, independent service that collates information on cash and synthetic equity trades executed on traditional exchanges, MTFs  and OTC  markets. The data is then consolidated to provide users with an aggregated view of market activity. The service ranks brokers on each European trading venue, stock or index according to the volume and value of their trades.
Buy-side institutions will use Markit MSA to help identify pools of liquidity and inform their choice of broker when seeking to execute trades. Sell-side institutions will use the service to ascertain their market share for marketing and business development purposes. Regulators will be able to use Markit MSA to monitor liquidity patterns and trading trends.
David Tait, Executive Director and Co-Head of Morgan Stanley Electronic Trading in Europe said: "Markit MSA is an insightful tool that provides us with independent and validated metrics for equity market activity and liquidity. Since the service combines both on and off order book data, it will provide the first consolidated European market share reporting service allowing us to promote our market share to clients."
Markit MSA was launched with the support of 11 leading financial institutions that have committed to send trade information to the service. Together, these institutions represent 60% of all cash equity trading in Europe. MSA will initially cover 44,000 European cash and synthetic equities. The MSA dataset is available on a T+1 basis.