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David Weisberger
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The False Dichotomy of Active vs Passive Management

Forward-thinking asset managers can rewrite the rules of management to provide hybrid portfolios that combine the benefits of both active and passive strategies by leveraging quantitative techniques.

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Instinet Adds Research Search Function to its CSA Platform

Instinet announced it is helping buy-side traders better manage their commission dollars and spend by adding two new tools to its Plazma online account management platform: Vendor Search and Credit Tracker.

North American Buy-Side Increasingly Concerned About MiFID II

North American buysiders are growing increasingly concerned and following the lead of their European counterparts and preparing for impending regulations affecting the way institutional traders will pay for research.

MiFID II and the Buy-Side Identity Crisis: Whose Trade Report is it Anyway?

In this contributed article, author Ken Gold says that MiFID II is a paradox. He argues that the more claritythe industry gets around the new rules, the less participants seem to actually know about what to do and there are more questions to answer.

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Structural Changes in Canada

More change is coming to the equity trading markets of the Great White North.

Omega ATS's New Lynx Venue Opens for Business

Canada's Omega ATS has opened its second trading venue in the Great White North -Lynx ATS. After receiving final approval and making all the tweaks and getting its trading technology in order, the new venue is officially open for business.

PDQ Opens New Institutional Desk

PDQ ATS is looking to get into the institutional trading business and has started an institutional equities group to get the buyside's business and its bigger trades. And it has hired two new ex-exchange pros to help get the new venture going.

The Dark Pool Rises

The dark markets have become so efficient that the costs of execution and market impact are lower than at the display markets, where take fees are highest and market impact is most significant.

Dark Pool Trade Size Down

Traders believe dark pools have entered a "mature phase" and use them to avoid "toxic liquidity" from high-frequency trading firms, but the size of trades in those pools is getting smaller. These are among a few findings from a new report published by market research firm Celent.

Fragmentation Stirs Ire

Industry professionals took the opportunity to gripe about the proliferation of stock exchanges at this year's Security Industry and Financial Markets Association market structure conference.

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