Browsing: Commissions

FCA Bans Commission Payments for Corporate Access

05/08/2014
The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released its updated rules on payments for investment research, eliminating payments for corporate access with client commissions.  Moreover, the rules go into effect in ...

High Frequency Research: How HFT Impacts Investment Research

04/16/2014
The hubbub over high frequency trading (HFT) has implications for investment research.  The future direction of HFT will have direct implications for research.  And the Michael Lewis phenomenon is a ...

CFA UK Opposes Proposed Regulations

03/10/2014
The CFA Society of the UK (CFA UK) registered opposition to new guidelines for research commissions proposed by UK regulators.  In its 32-page comment letter, which included a white paper ...

UK Asset Managers Promise Reform

02/18/2014
The UK trade association for asset managers, the Investment Management Association (IMA), released its long-anticipated report on research procurement earlier today.  Not surprisingly, the report opposes a ban on the ...

Benchmarking Research Spending

02/12/2014
As the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has increased scrutiny of commission spending on research, a UK-based consultancy has begun benchmarking commission spending to provide greater transparency on research pricing.  ...

Research Commissions: Endangered Species?

02/05/2014
Nearly two-thirds of European buy-side firms anticipate research eventually will be paid for from management fees not from client commissions, according to a recent TABB Group survey.  European asset managers ...

Update on Proposed Ban on Commission Payments for Corporate Access

01/13/2014
Here is the latest on proposed regulatory restrictions in the UK on commission payments for corporate access and a potential ban on payment for research with client commissions generally.  The ...

Outlook for 2014

01/06/2014
It is time for us to squint into the crystal ball for 2014… Equity commissions By rights, 2013 should have been a boom year for equity commissions.  The S&P 500 increased 32% ...

Instinet Fined for Improper Commission Payments

01/02/2014
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on December 26 sanctioned New York-based Instinet LLC for improperly making soft dollar commission payments in a negotiated settlement costing Instinet $813,000. Last August, ...

2013 in Review

12/30/2013
Market Environment After a strong first quarter, commissions frustratingly continued their five year decline despite a robust stock market.  One positive for equity research (and a negative for macro research) was ...
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