Telephone Access Ruling Fuels NYSE Turf War

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The Securities and Exchange Commission's ruling giving investors direct telephone access to the New York Stock Exchange floor is sure to inflame competition between $2 brokers and upstairs trading desks. Since the May 6th decision allowing floor brokers to communicate directly with non-member firms by phone, 59 have received the go-ahead to install outside lines.

By giving $2 brokers the right to accept orders directly from non-member firms, the SEC has opened a new pipeline for investors' o

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