|JANUARY 11, 1999|
|Knight/Trimark Clarifies The Role Of Electronic-Communications Networks|
JERSEY CITY, NJ, January 11, 1999 -- In response to a number of media inquiries, Knight Securities Inc. (NITE), the largest NASDAQ Market Maker, today clarified some misconceptions regarding the recent and broadening interest in Electronic-Communications Networks (ECNs) and their overall effectiveness with regard to the execution of both limit and market orders as compared to NITE's best execution standards.
"There is no question that the current dynamics of the market, fueled by growing Internet activity, has challenged the structure of the marketplace," states Kenneth Pasternak, President and CEO of Knight/Trimark Group, Inc. "Throughout these periods of heightened Internet volumes, NITE has clearly and consistently delivered execution solutions incorporating comparable technology and speed afforded by an ECN, but with added value."
Pasternak's key points are as follows:
a) NITE attracts the largest number of market orders in the industry through best execution standards, enhanced liquidity services, immediacy of execution to market orders, and advantaged economics to market share.
b) Seventy (70) percent of limit orders executed by NITE result from matches with incoming market orders or other limit orders.
In December 1998, NITE provided price improvement and enhanced liquidity to over 200,000 market and limit orders, for an approximate savings to customers of $14,000,000.
Accompanied with this press release is a comparative chart of Knight/Trimark versus ECNs, as well as a statistic ranking of Knight Securities.
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