Special Requests: RFQ Platforms and the Rise of ETFs

RFQ platforms are showing strong trading-volume growth, particularly from institutional investors looking to trade large blocks of ETFs.

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Pick up any finance publication and there will be at least a few articles looking at the proliferation of passive investments and exchange-traded funds, or ETFs. As you’d expect, this has led to an evolution in the way these instruments are traded. Request-for-quote (RFQ) platforms—where traders essentially shop around for the best prices rather than rely on an exchange—are growing. These platforms are increasingly being used as part of what’s called a multi-protocol approach, which includes voi