Prime broker

Definition:

This refers to a large financial institution that offers services to large institutional clients or hedge funds. It is possible for a firm to have more than one prime broker. Importantly, the firm is not obligated to all of its business through the prime broker. The prime broker offers a variety of services which includes but is not limited to execution of trades, settlement, financing and custody.

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Creation of securities either by combining primitive and derivative securities into one composite hybrid or by separating returns on an asset into classes.

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