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Buy Side

The institutional investors that buy most securities available for sale on Wall Street. See also: Sell side.

buy side

The portion of the securities business in which institutional orders originate. In most instances, the buy side is limited to institutional buyers such as pension-fund portfolio managers. Individual investors are usually excluded from the buy side because they are not considered formal participants in the securities business. Compare sell side.

Buy side.

Institutional money managers, such as mutual funds, pension funds, and endowments, are the buy side of Wall Street.

Buy-side institutions use proprietary research to make investments for the portfolios they manage and don't interact with or make recommendations to individual investors.

In contrast, sell-side institutions such as brokerage firms act as agents for individual investors when they buy and sell securities, and make their research available to their clients.

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While Fidessa has operated a worldwide network offering buy side companies with connectivity since years, the new service allows firms to concentrate on their core operation and outsource their entire connectivity infrastructure to Fidessa.
Now, the sell side, smaller in size but not necessarily stature, is flanked by a beefed-up and certainly more sophisticated institutional investor buy side which is spearheading more of its own research and hiring third-party supplemental research providers.
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However, according to TABB Group in new research focusing on trends in CSAs, the buy side is now in a better position to solve the complexities of commission management based on recent advances in technology and services.
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However, McPartland notes, brokers' ability to provide trading platforms gratis to all of their buy-side customers will shrink in the next three to five years as TABB Group believes the buy side will begin paying for these connections as brokers follow a cost-conscious approach to order-flow acquisition.
Addressing the relationship between the buy side and sell side, McPartland says that although no single broker currently dominates across all Asian markets, over 90% of buy-side firms are unwilling to give brokers full discretion over their orders.
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This illustrates that the methodology we use doesn't favour big firms at the expense of smaller vendors - instead, it seeks to acknowledge outstanding service, innovation, and the ability to specifically address the needs of the buy side, which RIMES Technologies has clearly achieved.
LONDON -- RIMES Technologies, the leading integrator of financial data for the investment community, has won the 2007 Best Data Provider to the Buy Side Award.