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The Buyside Must Up the Ante

Traders Magazine, December 2002

Gregory Bresiger

The regulators and the horrible markets keep piling the pressure on institutional investors. The heat now is coming from a set of 25 guidelines issued by the Association of Investment Management and Research (AIMR). The new voluntary standards recommend that the buyside monitor many aspects of the sellside's overall trading services. For starters, customers should ensure that the sellside keeps trading costs at a minimum, commit capital when necessary, handle and settle trades in a satisfactory manner, provide maximum price improvement opportunities and, most importantly, maintain anonymity of an investment managers' business.

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