Buy-side firms reject EMS brokerage charges
EMSs connect users to multiple sources of liquidity – but how they charge for the service is contentious
Leading buy-side firms are calling time on the brokerage charging models used by some liquidity aggregators, joining dealers in a growing protest.
In at least two cases, buy-side users of an aggregator have been able to push the vendor into applying an annual licence fee instead of per-trade charges.
“There has always been a lot of contention around the way in which EMS and platform fees are charged,” says Ken Monahan, senior analyst on the market structure and technology team at Greenwich