May Day

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May Day

The date of May 1, 1975, after which brokers were allowed to charge any brokerage commission, rather than a mandatory rate.

May Day

1. Informal; the first date on which brokerages were allowed to charge commissions below the previous minimum commissions. On May Day, brokers were permitted to negotiate commissions directly with clients for the first time. May Day occurred on 1 May 1975.

2. A holiday for workers that occurs on the first of May. May Day is a significant day for leftist groups and other proponents for the working class. It is more commonly celebrated in Europe than in the Americas. See also: Labor Day.

May Day

A widely used reference to May 1, 1975, the date on which brokerage commissions on securities became negotiable. May Day ushered in discount brokerage firms that charge investors reduced fees.