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The Big Question: Moving to Commissions on Nasdaq?

Traders Magazine, November 1998

Michael O'Reilly

With the cost of trading rising on the sellside, Nasdaq market makers and their institutional clients are speaking publicly in favor of a shift in how block trades are handled from net trading to a system based more on commissions.

The shift would effectively change the very structure of the dealer market, with market makers acting more as agents than principals on most institutional trades.

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