Proprietary Desk

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Proprietary Desk

A group of traders that invest an investment bank's own capital, rather than the capital of the bank's clients. Proprietary desks may engage in high-risk transactions that can lead to large gains for the bank.
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Lit pools that aren't backed to the hilt by firms with prop desks are going to have a hard time of it.
Stephane Leroy, head of global sales and marketing at QuantHouse, said, 'Hedge funds, Prop Desks or CTAs are more and more moving away from using trading tools developed internally and start to recognize the value of buying external trading technologies provided by leading edge providers.
Reacting to the bill, one source noted that outlawing banks' prop desks would create a '"buyer's market" as assets were sold off, adding that the net effect of removing trading firms from the market would be negative.