Market makers are fundamental to the fabric of European financial markets, enabling businesses to grow and societies to thrive.

Find out what market makers do, who they are and their impact in society

Find out what market makers do, who they are and their impact in society

What we do

Market makers serve a unique role in European financial markets. We’re intermediaries who are always willing to support investors by buying or selling at market prices when others may not be.

Our readiness to trade means investors know they can always buy or sell whenever they want to, at the best prices, and with the lowest costs.

Because we commit to being actively present in the markets at all times, investors don’t have to risk waiting…and waiting…and waiting to make a transaction.

They know they can always trade and receive a reliable price, even in volatile markets. This certainty creates confidence within markets which, in turn, encourages ongoing investing – a virtuous cycle known as “liquidity.”

Being continuously active in today’s modern, electronic markets demands that we invest heavily in cutting-edge technology and attract the very brightest minds to remain competitive.  

We are mathematicians, technologists, data scientists, operations experts and researchers whose innovations have beneficial knock-on effects for capital markets and industries far beyond. 

You might not know it, but market makers are always there in every capital market bringing benefits to everyone from pensioners and families, to companies, institutions and governments.


of asset managers diversified how they accessed liquidity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: Liquidity in the Time of Covid Report

Market makers have helped cut bid-ask spreads by ten-times – from 0.023% to 0.002% – saving investors money each time they trade.


of asset managers have accelerated their adoption of electronic liquidity provision since the pandemic.

Source: Liquidity in the Time of Covid Report

Automated market making has helped lower transaction costs by 35-60% for investors, enabling a ~30% higher return on an investment over a 30-year horizon.

Source: Vanguard, Concept Release on Equity Market Structure, April 2010

Our Impact

Governments & economies

By supporting vibrant, active and liquid capital markets, we help economies grow and flourish.

Supporting the green recovery & transition

We are helping to power the green transition by supporting the growth of sustainable finance.

International financial systems

Our thought leadership and technological innovations have helped create the most efficient, diverse and fair markets in history.

Institutional & retail investors

We give investors the power to trade as soon as they want or need to, creating certainty that keeps markets moving.


We help to create fertile capital markets that let post-IPO businesses fulfil their growing potential.


Who we are

We are market makers. The people behind the technology, the innovators behind the code.

We are innovators who drove the transformation from analogue to digital markets, massively reducing costs.
We are mathematicians, technologists, data scientists, operations experts and researchers harnessing new technologies to bring efficiencies and competition to financial markets.
We are agile and entrepreneurial because we only trade with our own capital, which makes us fast to seize opportunities, but prudent and considered in the way we do so.
We are additive to financial markets because the opportunities we pursue not only grow our businesses but make the markets better and benefit end-investors, businesses and society at-large.
We are committed to always being there, giving investors the power to buy or sell when they want to, and creating fairer prices for everyone.

Latest news

FIA EPTA survey: Half of European market makers provide liquidity in ESG products

by | Mar 17, 2023 | Reports | 0 Comments

Around half of European market-making firms surveyed by FIA European Principal Traders Association (FIA EPTA) are actively providing liquidity in ESG financial...

Sustainable Finance Paper I: “Enabling the Transition”

by | Nov 2, 2022 | Blogs,Reports | 0 Comments

FIA EPTA members are committed to supporting the transition towards a greener and more sustainable financial services sector that supports the common goals of net...

Delivering on sustainability goals requires a move away from traditional investment approaches

by | Aug 11, 2022 | Articles | 0 Comments

Piebe Teeboom, Secretary General of the European Principal Trades Association (FIA EPTA), details the findings of a new report on sustainable finance from the...

Redefining Value in ESG – Download The Report

by | Jun 7, 2022 | Reports | 0 Comments

Growing public appetite for more sustainable investment is being held back by traditional approaches to investment – a new study of global asset managers reveals....

Time To Move Away From Traditional Investment Approaches If We Want To Deliver Sustainability Goals – New Report Of Global Asset Managers

by | Jun 7, 2022 | Press releases | 0 Comments

New report reveals need for a broader concept of ‘value’ – which requires new ways to manage the ‘myriad of data’ and ensure trust in ESG assets. GROWING public...

Research Results on Payment For Order Flow Couldn’t Be Clearer: EU Must Ensure a Level Playing Field to Protect Retail Investors

by | Mar 16, 2022 | Articles | 0 Comments

FIA EPTA has been clear from the start: Payment for Order Flow as it is currently practiced in the EU stifles competition and delivers a bad deal for retail...

Meet Marija Puljić, The Next Gen Market Maker

by | Jan 20, 2022 | Blogs | 0 Comments

Tell us a bit more about yourself and the work you currently do.  My name is Marija Puljić. I’m a Croatian currently living in Amsterdam. I work as a research intern at...

Two-thirds of European market makers plan to expand ESG liquidity provision

by | Dec 16, 2021 | Articles | 0 Comments

Market makers see growing demand from investors in ESG exchange-traded funds.More than half (60%) of European market-making firms surveyed by FIA European Principal...

It’s High Time to Build a Truly Integrated EU Capital Market

by | Dec 16, 2021 | Articles | 0 Comments

Hands up if you want up-and-coming European companies to have sufficient access to the money they need to grow and to drive prosperity across the EU?   It’s a no...