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Robert Schuessler
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A Smarter Monkey

In this contributed piece, TIM noted that some traders do better than others when using data that has been run through certain analysis - that is, have used some form of machine learning to assist them.

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In his first public speech, SEC Chair Jay Clayton deviated from his prepared remarks and offered his own "off the cuff" comments on market issues. Do you like this change of pace?




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February 1, 1998

New Soft-Dollar Standards Proposed

By Staff Reports

The Association for Investment Management and Research (AIMR), a Charlottesville, Va.-based non-profit trade group, has released a proposed set of soft-dollar standards for its buy-side members.

The standards, developed by a blue-ribbon task force of industry leaders convened by the trade group, are open to public comment until Feb. 28.

Understanding

These standards include the creation of a common understanding of soft-dollar issues by providing definitions of major terms; and requirements that the content of research purchased with client brokerage directly assist an investment manager in his decision-making processing, and not in the management of the firm.

Also included in the standards are a clarification of an investment manager's responsibility to justify the use of client knowledge to pay for a portion of mixed-use products.

Disclose

The standards require AIMR members to disclose certain information with regard to soft dollar practices; uniform record keeping; and clarification of an investment manager's real and fiduciary responsibilities to his client, including the client-directed brokerage area.

These responsibilities cover the client-directed brokerage area.