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Institutional Trading and Soft Dollars

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    Proprietary data allow us to distinguish between institutional investors' orders directed to soft-dollar brokers and those directed to other types of brokers. We find that soft-dollar brokers execute smaller orders in larger market value stocks. Allowing for differences in order characteristics, we estimate the incremental implicit cost of soft-dollar execution at 29 (24) basis points for buyer- (seller-) initiated orders. For large orders, incremental implicit costs are 41 (30) basis points for buys (sells). However, we document substantial variability in these estimates, and research services provided by soft-dollar brokers may at least partially offset these costs. Copyright The American Finance Association 2001.

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    Article provided by American Finance Association in its journal The Journal of Finance.

    Volume (Year): 56 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 1 (02)
    Pages: 397-416

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:56:y:2001:i:1:p:397-416

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