Instinet - The First Electronic Communication Network

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Case Code : ITSY018 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 300;
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e-Supply Chain Management
Case Length : 08 Pages
Period : 1987-2001
Pub Date : 2002
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Instinet
Industry : Electronic Communication
Countries : USA


The case describes the evolution of electronic communication networks in general, and Instinet in particular. The case deals with the functioning of ECNs, the advantages of ECNs, the role of ECNs in equity markets, and the competition in the ECN market. Instinet was the first ECN and soon became a leader in the ECN market. Slowly competition increased in the market, and Instinet was considering other areas of operations to maintain its leadership position. The case also describes the strategies adopted by Instinet to deal with the growing competition in the ECN market.


  The ECN market and the operation of electronic trading systems and ECNs in particular.

  Factors that contributed to the evolution of the ECNs, their growth and limitations.


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note  
ECN: The Virtual Stock Exchange  
Instinet - A Hybrid Trading Model  
The Future of Instinet  


Evolution, electronic communication, networks, Instinet, ECN, equity markets, leader, operations, strategies.

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