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NEW YORK - (BUSINESS WIRE) In the first third party analysis of direct-to-client market making liquidity, Markit, a leading global provider of financial information services, finds benefits for investors accessing securities firm KCG's client market making offering, Acknowledge EQ. The report "KCG Acknowledge Order Impact Analysis" is being made available publicly via KCG's website.

Greg Tusar, who heads the direct-to-client businesses at KCG, said: "When we launched KCG Acknowledge, we said that accountability and transparency have become more important than ever, which is fundamental to the vision behind this business. We also pledged: 'KCG Acknowledge enables clients to tap into unique liquidity that is often hard to find in today's fragmented market.' But when we put ourselves in our clients' shoes, we realized that talking about this commitment is one thing, demonstrating it is quite another. So we decided that we should put our commitment to the ultimate test and see if the data can speak for itself. We're pleased to discover that yes, it can."

The research, which was sponsored by KCG and conducted by Markit, analyzed six months of order and execution data from 2015 in order to assess the degree of execution quality, potential impact, and original liquidity being delivered by KCG's direct-to-client equity market making liquidity offering, KCG Acknowledge EQ, ("ACK EQ").  Markit's report concluded that there was "statistically significant data that clients of Acknowledge EQ benefited from sending orders to the venue as part of their routing strategy.  This is based on two findings in the data.  First, ACK EQ provided price improvement on executions vis a vis the NBBO."  The data demonstrated that orders which were executed with ACK EQ received prices better than the NBBO more than 35% of the time. "Second, the orders which were executed created less information leakage than orders which did not execute, determined by the difference in adverse price movement in subsequent time periods."  Market also found "no significant correlation between the unexecuted orders sent to Acknowledge EQ and outbound orders from the market making desk at KCG."

Dave Weisberger, MD of Trading Services at Markit and one of the report authors, said: "We developed a testable hypothesis to determine whether ACK EQ provides unique liquidity in excess of what is displayed on the consolidated tape from all stock exchanges.  Our analysis confirmed that this hypothesis was in fact true.  The results showed that KCG ACK EQ executions resulted in reduced market impact, and is strongly suggestive that KCG ACK EQ provides significant unique liquidity.  Our belief is that empirical evidence, such as the type provided in this study, is what investors should use when evaluating how and where they source liquidity and is more meaningful than the qualitative information that most venues provide."
KCG is making the report public and available for download at

About Markit
Markit is a leading global provider of financial information services. We provide products that enhance transparency, reduce risk and improve operational efficiency. Our customers include banks, hedge funds, asset managers, central banks, regulators, auditors, fund administrators and insurance companies. Founded in 2003, we employ over 4,200 people in 13 countries. Markit shares are listed on Nasdaq under the symbol MRKT. For more information, please see

About KCG
KCG is a leading independent securities firm offering investors a range of services designed to address trading needs across asset classes, product types and time zones. The firm combines advanced technology with exceptional client service across market making, agency execution and venues. KCG has multiple access points to trade global equities, fixed income, currencies and commodities via voice or automated execution.

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Sophie Sohn Jonathan Mairs
Communications & Marketing Investor Relations
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