Inet was an electronic trading platform based on a system developed by Instinet in the 1970s that merged with Island Exchange in 2002. It was acquired by NASDAQ in 2005. Inet, like other electronic communication networks, was an order-pairing system that give brokerage firms the power to electronically track and match reciprocal buy and sell orders at the same limit price and lot size. An efficient and reliable systems reduce costs to both brokerage firms and investors and facilitate high speed pairings of buy and sell orders.
Inet was formed after Island Exchange was merged with Instinet in 2002. Island changed its name to Inet ATS, Inc. ("Inet") effective November 17, 2003. A high volume of trades were routed through Island, with over $5 billion USD handled daily in 1999. Its headquarters were in New York City.
After the acquisition of the Swedish OMX exchange group by NASDAQ in 2007, NASDAQ gained access to OMXs trading platform Genium it used this to create the next generation of Inet called the Genium Inet trading platform.
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