Waters Rankings 2021: Best agency broker—BMO Capital Markets

Product: BMO Electronic Trading

“The BMO Electronic trading team has reimagined how we approach electronic trading through an empirical, iterative, and collaborative lens. We work with our clients to understand their goals and we apply our knowledge of market microstructure to customize algorithms to meet their desired trading outcomes. As we continue to recognize success in our business, receiving the recognition of best agency broker illustrates that we have been able to break through the highly competitive field of algorithmic trading and further validate our solution is uniquely differentiated.”  
Joe Wald, managing director, co-head of electronic trading, BMO Capital Markets


Over the last year and a half BMO Capital Markets has made significant investments, most notably with the acquisition of Clearpool, the investment in PureStream, and the partnership with Luminex. This investment was obviously noticed by our voters. 


In April 2020, BMO Capital Markets completed the acquisition of agency broker Clearpool Group.

In February, BMO made a minority investment in PureStream Trading Technologies, the US trading venue that re-engineers the price and liquidity discovery process, focusing on parent order completion speeds, not per-trade latency. 

It also partnered with Luminex, where BMO clients who are also Luminex ATS subscribers can leverage the liquidity sourcing and customization ability of BMO’s algorithmic strategies while simultaneously leveraging a technical integration to access block liquidity within the Luminex network. 

The company also hired Eric Stockland to partner with BMO Institutional clients on a quantitative and iterative approach to electronic trading. And Michael Green was hired to lead its European expansion efforts.  


BMO Capital Markets is focusing on bringing its electronic trading solutions to Europe for equities.

It is also testing out new strategies to improve execution quality and algorithmic performance. 

BMO’s quantitative systematic trading group is helping clients conduct experiments, while continuing to develop innovative electronic trading solutions for BMO institutional clients.


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