Banking Services

Prime Brokerage



This eCourse consists of three modules. Module 1 explains prime brokerage and the benefits it provides to different institutions. This module also discusses the prime brokerage trade process, the participants in the process, and the roles of these participants.

Module 2 provides an overview of the relationship between an institution and the prime broker. The selection of a prime broker by an institution is a critical and multifaceted decision. It is critical because institutions have different goals, finances, and structures, and they require different levels and types of service. This module explains the importance placed on the timeliness and accuracy of trade execution and data recording, and elaborates on the various other needs of institutions (or their clients). Finally, it explains some of the ancillary services provided by a prime broker to its institutional clients.

As explained in Module 1, there are several reasons why a bank or broker/dealer might want to become a ‘prime broker’. Among the reasons given were revenue enhancement and inventory supplementation. Module 3 explores the prime broker as it functions in a wider arena, and looks at the ancillary benefits derived from a prime brokerage operation.


On completion of this tutorial, you will be able to:
- Describe prime brokerage and list its benefits to the institutional customer
- Understand the relationship between prime brokers and executing banks or broker/dealers
- Explain the role that an executing bank or broker/dealer fills in the prime brokerage process
- Identify the key elements of the relationship sought by an institution with its prime broker
- Describe the importance placed on timeliness and accuracy in relation to trade execution and data recording
- Outline the needs of the clients of an institution
- Explain some of the ancillary services provided by prime brokers to an institution
- Describe the way in which a bank or broker/dealer builds the different elements of a prime brokerage business
- Explain the ancillary opportunities afforded to a prime brokerage firm, including those opportunities not directly related to the prime brokerage business


Module 1: Prime Brokerage - An Introduction
Topic 1: Prime Brokerage and the Executing Bank or Broker/Dealer
Topic 2: Services Provided by Prime Brokers
Topic 3: Overview of Prime Brokerage

Module 2: Prime Brokerage - The Institution's Viewpoint
Topic 1: Locating the Right Prime Broker
Topic 2: Trade Execution & Data Recording
Topic 3: Ancillary Services
Topic 4: The Institutions Clients

Module 3: Prime Brokerage - The Prime Broker's Viewpoint
Topic 1: Building a Prime Brokerage Business
Topic 2: New Business or Enhanced Opportunities


SFC:3.00, PWMA:3.00
Staff of Corporate Member: HK$810
Non-Member: HK$1170
All Member: HK$810