Wayzata-Based Agency Trading Group Grabs #2 Ranking Amongst Industry’s Top Equity Brokers

Firm Establishes Strong Foothold in Annual Institutional Investor Magazine Rankings

MINNEAPOLIS – February 7, 2013 – For the third consecutive year, Agency Trading Group (ATG) was ranked in the top three for execution quality by Institutional Investor Magazine. In the latest report for 2012, ATG climbed the ranks one notch to the number two spot amongst all brokerage firms.

“Industry rankings are a realistic measure of our competitiveness and this year’s results pack a bigger punch when you take into consideration the state of the market and the size of our operation and team,” said Patrick R. Hughes, founder and CEO of Agency Trading. “We continue to focus on delivering results for our clients and finding ways to add value to their business."

The industry rankings are part of Institutional Investor Magazine’s 16th annual survey of transaction costs conducted by New York-based Elkins/McSherry, a subsidiary of Boston’s State Street Corp. The survey measures a firm’s trading costs against the average performance of 1,400 investment managers representing 101 buy-side institutions. The data points are based on an analysis of more than 21 million trades, and more than 95 billion shares traded in US markets on a universe of 19,772 individual stocks.

ATG was founded to provide clients a customer-centric, technology-rich environment that delivers proven results. ATG has spent the last 13 years establishing partnerships with the best technology vendors in the business to access liquidity in the U.S. and Canadian equity and option markets.

“Our technology, experience and flexibility allow us to quickly and seamlessly adapt to market conditions, and in return continue to add value to our clients,” said John Whitaker, president at Agency Trading Group.

ALL BROKER TYPES BENCHMARKED AGAINST ARRIVAL PRICE

In addition to the number two ranking in the 2012 annual Elkins McSherry results, the research group’s broker universe data reported that Agency Trading Group outperforms ninety five percent of brokerages on arrival price.