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The Risks in Electronic Trading Platforms Agreements

What concessions can you expect from vendors

The electronic trading platforms you use for your fund are like the utilities for your home. Your house needs electricity to run your appliances, and your fund needs electronic trading platforms (ETPs) to execute and settle your trades. Like an electric company, the ETP vendors make their services available to all takers, usually on a take it or leave it basis. Vendors have little desire to negotiate the terms of their services with any except the biggest market players. What this means is that you’ll likely end up with contracts that offer you little protection, but offer tremendous protections for the vendors.

Turning off your electricity is not a realistic option if you are unhappy with your electric company – so too are you stuck using ETPs. So, if you cannot negotiate away the risks, you should at least understand what they are and how you might mitigate them.

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