In complex markets with strict best execution rules, the emerging practice of “venue analysis” emerges as a key tool for U.S. investors.
The pool of commissions earned by brokers on trades of U.S. equities within the Greenwich Associates universe contracted another 9% last year to an estimated $7.65 billion.
RBC again leads the competition for the Greenwich Associates 2018 Share and Quality Leaders in Canadian Equities.
An array of factors, including an information explosion, new regulations, new technologies, and evolving commercial models, are coalescing to bring about significant change in the investment research landscape.
Technology spending by asset managers, hedge funds and other buy-side firms is quickly catching up to compensation expenses. 
Total U.S. equity commissions fell for the eighth year in a row to $7.65 billion and are now down 45% from their peak. Any glimpses of growth in the past decade have ultimately been fleeting.
Regulated ICOs could transform fnancial market structure.
The line between fundamental and quantitative investing is blurring as fundamental investors adopt tools and approaches long employed by “quants.”
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