• June 08, 2018

    ITG 1Q18 Global Cost Review: The Impact of MiFID II
    Beginning in January 2018, the unbundling rules of MiFID II required investors to pay execution-only rates for trading and make separate payments for investment research.

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  • The talk since MiFID II’s January 3 go-live date might have shifted in focus but by no means has decreased. The changing market structure dynamics in Europe continue to be in the front of our clients’ minds, in Europe and globally. With a full quarter of trading activity since MiFID II took effect, we are providing an update on the significant changes in equities markets.

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  • When it comes to improving trading performance, selecting the right strategy is crucial. An ITG survey of buyside traders last year found that 85% believe strategy selection has the most potential to impact trading performance, far outstripping the importance of broker choice or venue selection.

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  • – The SEC is quickly putting out an agenda to address varied issues on both the trading and capital formation sides of the house. We take a look at that agenda.
    – The SEC Transaction Fee Pilot is set to shake up markets. We take a deep dive.
    – We spend some time looking at how markets reacted to the volatility spike on Feb. 5.

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  • Q1 updates to APAC Market Structure

    ​– ​How has Stock Connect changed which international firms trade China?
    ​– ​How has Stock Connect adoption changed since launch?
    ​– ​What does it cost to trade China?

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  • Q4 updates to APAC Market Structure

    ​– ​How did the reintroduced lunch break and widening of spreads in Singapore affect the market?
    – What trading challenge makes Pakistan unique on the MSCI Emerging Market Index?
    – What region’s value traded in Q4 was higher than Hong Kong’s for the first time?
    – How do the average daily values of each market in APAC compare to each other?

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  • Highlights from the 4Q17 preliminary Global Cost Review
    Fourth-quarter trading costs in 2017 remained relatively consistent with the third quarter (averaging 32.7bps), with slight increases across small-, mid- and large-cap names globally. Even so, costs are up 13% from the all-time lows we saw in the second quarter.

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  • While cannabis-related stocks drive up Canadian indices and trading volumes, the market is dealing with a variety of issues unique to trading cannabis stocks.

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  • As the year draws to a close, we typically see a shift in trading conditions, with steep declines in liquidity and higher concentrations of smaller order types.

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  • Highlights from the 3Q17 preliminary Global Cost Review
    Inflows were observed globally, and trading costs remained depressed despite a slight uptick from lows in 2Q2017. Global large-cap stocks saw inflows for the first time in six quarters, with costs increasing for this market capitalization in many regions.

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