Instinet opens commission sharing arrangement to non-broker-dealers

Source: Instinet

Instinet, a global agency broker and wholly-owned subsidiary of Nomura Holdings, Inc., today announced it has expanded its pioneering BrokerShare commission sharing arrangement (CSA) program to include non-broker-dealers.

Instinet Opens BrokerShare to Non-Broker-Dealers

As a result, Instinet will now provide institutional clients with Section 28(e) eligible services obtained from non-broker-dealers, such as independent research providers, through trading commissions on a variable basis rather than a static soft dollar invoice amount.

"As a pioneer of the CSA model, Instinet strives to continually innovate with our BrokerShare program," said Michael Plunkett, President of North America at Instinet. "With the SEC's clarification last summer and industry-wide acceptance of CSAs and CCAs, interest in BrokerShare has increased significantly. Today's announcement is simply a response to our clients who have requested that we make BrokerShare even more inclusive."

One of the industry's first CSA programs when introduced in 2003, BrokerShare allows institutional clients to consolidate trading relationships and obtain diverse research without sacrificing execution quality. Since it is not a traditional step-out program, trading strategies are not disclosed nor is trading information released to participants. The program has grown steadily since its introduction, today including over 200 participants and $15 million in 2006 payouts.

With the program, clients accrue trading commission credits in a BrokerShare account by utilizing Instinet's global trade execution services, and later direct Instinet to pay participants whose Section 28(e) eligible services they consume. Instinet handles all payments (which are variable based on the client's discretion), administration and record-keeping through an online commission management system.

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