Best execution in Asia faces data deficit

Lack of trade information undermines Mifid-style shake-up of investment activities

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Asset managers are under growing pressure to prove that they make investment decisions in their clients’ best interest. Parliaments are legislating to make this process legally binding – spearheaded by Europe’s overhaul of investment practices known as Mifid II. Yet in Asia, efforts to introduce similar laws have met a stubborn obstacle: a lack of data.

In demonstrating ‘best execution’, firms must be able to access a host of similar trades for comparison purposes. In markets where trading

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