Executive Summary

The Buy-Side Spending Battle: Compensation vs. Technology stat bar

In 2018, Greenwich Associates noted that investors' spending had reached equilibrium.

2019 starts to buck the trend as budgets are increasing. To fully understand the dynamics of the buy-side trading desk budget, it is critical to look at how traders and portfolio managers are spending their time and the tools they utilize.


In Q4 2018, Greenwich Associates interviewed 256 buy-side traders across Europe and the United States working on equity, fixed-income or foreign exchange trading desks.

Respondent Profile by Desk and Region