TABB Forum to Unveil Industry's First Study on Global Equity Trading from Buyside's Perspective in Europe, Canada and Asia

January 25 NYC Event Includes Buyside Traders’ Panel Examining Connectivity, Algo Trading, DMA, Best Execution and OMS to Transaction Cost Research

NEW YORK, NY, January 23, 2006 – TABB Group announced today that their newest industry study, “Global Equity Trading: The Buyside Perspective from Connectivity to TCR”, will be previewed at the 3rd TABB Forum on January 25 in New York City, followed by a roundtable discussion with head traders from MFS Investment Management, Lucas Capital Management and Standard Life Investments.

"While global capital may be unstoppable and free flowing, the actual mechanics of global investing could not be further from that ideal," says Robert Iati, partner at TABB Group, lead author of the study with Wendy Garcia, TABB analyst. "The world of equity trading, which is not homogeneous, fully connected or without geopolitical boundaries, is not without heterogeneous and sometimes quixotic regulation. No, investing around the globe isn’t seamless, at least not for the shallow pocketed and certainly not for the faint of heart. And yet, in today’s markets there’s a huge incentive to trade globally. With the S&P 500 only returning 4.9% in 2005 and the average hedge fund returning 7.6% year-to-date through November of 2005, the FTSE returned 16.7%, the DAX 27.1%, the Bombay Stock Exchange Sensex Index 42.3% and the Korea Composite Index 54.3%. How can the prudent investor ignore this? But you have to be in it to win it."

To uncover and analyze the use of and issues surrounding alternative electronic trading strategies, transaction cost analysis, order management systems and broker relationships, and also examine the impact of these trading methodologies on the marketplace and trading behavior, TABB Group interviewed 81 head traders at European, Asian and North American, specifically Canadian, buyside firms with assets under management (AUM) equivalent to US$10B to over $50B.

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