Buy-Side Backs Block Trading Venues


Buy-side firms have shown signs of impatience with U.S. equity market structure. While they are leery of radical reforms, institutions have seeded a number of trading venues lately.



Buy-side firms have shown signs of impatience with U.S. equity market structure. While they are leery of radical reforms, institutions have seeded a number of trading venues lately.

The topic of buy-side firms investing in alternative trading system came up during a recent industry conference discussing 40 years of the National Market System. “Why are institutions investing this money in alternative trading systems?” asked Pete Jenkins, managing director at PDQ Systems, moderator of the buy-side response panel at Baruch Financial Markets Conference on November 11.  “This would suggest to me that those firms investing are unhappy with the market structure,” suggested Jenkins.

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