The New York Stock Exchange: Its Time For Change

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24 November 2003


New York, NY, USA November 24, 2003

The New York Stock Exchange: It's Time for Change

Celent Communications recommends a new market structure model and intermarket trading system, and regulatory separation as the solutions to the NYSE痴 current problems.

The NYSE is in trouble. The confidence of the investing public has been shaken by flawed corporate governance, overpaid executives, unscrupulous specialists, and heated dissent about the best way to fix the exchange. It is clear that the NYSE must implement significant reforms to satisfy the demands of the public, the SEC, and its fractured membership.

In a new report, "The New York Stock Exchange: It痴 Time for Change," Celent reviews the problems associated with the NYSE痴 current market structure and corporate governance. Critical success factors, such as seat prices, market share, and financial performance indicate that the NYSE is failing to meet the needs of all constituencies.

NYSE Seat Bids and Asks, 1999 - October 2003

The report examines the pros and cons of various market structures, including the competing dealer model, the specialist system, the non-intermediary ECN model, and a hybrid model combining a physical trading floor with remote market-making. The ways in which the NYSE has managed to thwart competition from ECNs and regional exchanges are discussed. The report concludes with recommendations for the NYSE.

Celent predicts that without SEC intervention and despite the benefits of reforms, the NYSE will make only modest changes to its market structure

. Regulation will remain separate at the board level only. The specialist system will remain unchanged despite the best efforts of the next CEO. Demutualization will be considered, but ultimately rejected by the membership. However, the SEC will replace the current ITS model, which will make room for NYSE competitors and threaten the NYSE痴 80% market share.

According to Jodi Burns, author of the report, "The public scrutiny of problems at the NYSE presents an excellent catalyst for change. The corporate governance plan recently approved by the NYSE membership is an important step in the right direction, but further reforms must be adopted. The exchange should look to other capital markets for alternative market structure models in order to remove conflicts of interest and barriers to market efficiency."

The 39-page report contains 9 figures.

A is available online.

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