Markets Choice Awards Shortlists Announced

Markets Choice Awards Shortlists Announced

Markets Media Group is pleased to present the preliminary shortlists for the 2021 Markets Choice Awards. 

The Instinet Positive Change Awards will headline the MCA program for the third consecutive year. This year, Markets Media and Instinet are pleased to introduce a Positive Change Award for Sustainability, which joins the returning PCA categories of Philanthropy; Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging; and the Jerome Pustilnik Visionary Award. 

As per usual, last year’s Markets Choice Award winners were a distinguished group, including State Street Global Advisors for Best Buy-Side Equities Trading Desk; Janus Henderson for Best Global Trading Desk; Bob Santella of IPC for CEO of the Year; Brad Levy for the Neil DeSena Market Advocate Award; and Thomas Peterffy for the Instinet Positive Change Jerome Pustilnik Visionary Award.

This year’s Markets Choice Awards will be the ninth-annual program. Click here for previous years’ MCA winners. 

Please save the date/time: Thursday, April 22 at 4:30 pm EST for the virtual awards reception. And we look forward to seeing everyone again live and in-person, next year. 

2021 Finalists

Instinet Positive Change Awards

Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

  • Amundi Asset Management
  • Cboe Global Markets
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JP Morgan Asset Management
  • Mizuho


  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Cboe Global Markets
  • Citadel, Citadel Securities
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JP Morgan


  • Blackrock, Aladdin Climate
  • BNP Paribas, Sustainable Economy
  • Credit Suisse, Sustainable Investing
  • Nasdaq, ESG initiatives
  • NYLIM, Sustainable Investing

Lifetime Achievement

  • Roger Ferguson, TIAA CEO
  • Stephen O’Connor, Chairman, Quantile Technologies
  • Rich Portogallo, Global Head of Prime Brokerage & Equity Distribution, Morgan Stanley
  • Michael Ptasznik, CFO, Nasdaq
  • Eva Walsh, Executive Director, JPMorgan Asset Management

CEO of the Year

  • Larry Fink, BlackRock
  • David Gurle, Symphony
  • Alan Hill, JonesTrading
  • Edward Tilly, Cboe Global Markets
  • Cathie Wood, Ark Investments

Best Company

  • Blackrock
  • Cboe Global Markets
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Pico
  • Symphony

Best Buy-Side Trading Desk

  • AllianceBernstein
  • Blackrock
  • Capital Group
  • Fidelity
  • Goldman Sachs Asset Management
  • JP Morgan Asset Management
  • State Street Global Advisors
  • T. Rowe Price
  • Wellington

Best Sell-Side Trading Desk 

  • Bank of America
  • Citi
  • Credit Suisse
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Morgan Stanley
  • UBS

Best Fixed Income Trading Platform

  • Bloomberg
  • Liquidnet
  • MarketAxess
  • Tradeweb
  • Trumid

Best Equities Trading Platform

  • Goldman Sachs, Sigma X2
  • IntelligentCross, ATS
  • JP Morgan, Aqua
  • Level ATS
  • Luminex
  • Virtu, Frontier

Best FX Trading Platform

  • EBS
  • FXCM
  • FXSpotStream
  • Northern Trust Global Foreign Exchange Solutions
  • Integral OCX

Best Global Exchange Group

  • Cboe Global Markets
  • CME Group
  • Intercontinental Exchange
  • London Stock Exchange Group
  • Nasdaq

Best Clearing House

  • CME Clearing
  • DTCC
  • EuroCCP
  • LCH
  • OCC

And there’s more….congratulations to these additional finalists

  • Broadway Technology
  • Cowen
  • Droit
  • Eventus
  • Exactpro
  • Factset, Portware
  • Itiviti
  • ICE Data Services
  • IEX
  • IPC
  • NICE NTR-X, NICE Actimize
  • NRI
  • n-Tier
  • OneMarketData
  • QuantConnect
  • smartTrade Technologies

Please note: the Markets Choice Awards shortlists are a snapshot of where we are in the process. The shortlists are not final, and not being listed does not preclude consideration for an award. Also, some of the shortlist awards categories may change or may not move forward, and the final MCA program will include additional categories not listed here.  

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