NEW YORK, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Convergex, an agency-focused global brokerage and trading related services provider, announced today that its ETF Direct platform has been experiencing significant volume growth and attracting key market participants. Since its launch earlier this year, over 12 million shares have traded with a notional value of approximately $700 million. ETF Direct is a platform that streamlines the process for firms accessing quotes from numerous ETF liquidity providers.
- For the month of March 2016, the average block size = 32% of average daily volume (ADV)
- Since its launch, the average slippage measured vs. arrival price (midpoint) is -2.77 bps (or .0277%)
- Select ETFs are transacting greater than 2x ADV
- April monthly volume increased 30% over March monthly volume
"We created ETF Direct in response to client feedback and market demand for a user-friendly platform that would bring greater transparency to a market that has historically been rather opaque," said Eric W. Noll, Convergex President and CEO. "ETF Direct enables clients to execute block ETF transactions in an anonymous environment and in their entirety," said Noll.
Key functionality of the ETF Direct platform includes:
- The ability to request competitive quotes simultaneously from multiple liquidity providers including those in niche markets and sectors;
- Complete anonymity for clients and market makers;
- Access to an aggregated, competitive market;
- No minimum/maximum order size; and
- A comprehensive audit trail, highlighting transparency.
Convergex is an agency-focused global brokerage and trading related services provider that takes on the industry's toughest challenges, from complicated trades to complex businesses. With clients' interests as the top priority, Convergex delivers comprehensive solutions that span global high-touch and electronic trading, options technologies, prime brokerage, clearing, commission management and beyond. Headquartered in New York with a presence in several other locations including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, San Francisco and London, the company serves nearly 3,000 clients accessing over 100 global market centers.
Convergex is an agency-focused global brokerage and trading related services provider. In the U.S., Convergex offers products and services through Convergex Execution Solutions LLC (member NYSE/FINRA/NFA/SIPC), of which Convergex Prime Service and Options Trading and Technology are divisions; Westminster Research Associates LLC (member FINRA/SIPC); and Convergex Solutions LLC, of which Connex, Jaywalk and LDB are divisions. In London, Convergex operates through Convergex Limited, which is incorporated in England and Wales (registered with company number 06262150). Convergex Limited is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of the United Kingdom. Westminster Research Associates LLC is regulated in the United States by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Westminster provides services in Australia pursuant to an exemption from the requirement to hold an Australian financial services license under the Corporations Act 2001 (ASIC Class Order [CO 03/1100]).
Convergex provides brokerage services primarily on an agency basis, but may operate in a riskless principal and/or net trading capacity, and in connection with certain ETF or ADR transactions, may act as principal or engage in hedging strategies. Convergex does not engage in market making or investment banking activities.
The material, data and information (collectively "Convergex Information") that is available from Convergex is intended for institutional investor use only; is for informational purposes only; is subject to change at any time; is not intended to provide tax, legal or investment advice; and does not constitute a solicitation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Convergex Information is believed to be reliable, but Convergex does not warrant its completeness or accuracy and Convergex assumes no duty to update such information. Clients should read their account agreement(s) and documentation with Convergex carefully as those documents contain important information and disclosures about the products or services covered thereby. Convergex is not responsible for third-party information or services, including market data from the exchanges. (Rev. 03/30/2016)
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