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Deutsche Bank Is Quitting Stock Trading. Blame Computers and the European Union.

Al Root

Why keep research—historically given to clients who paid hefty commissions to trade stocks via the bank—and eliminate the brokerage business that had been a fountain of cash for decades? It is all part of a shift toward greater transparency in European financial markets, and declining costs for brokerage services in the face of technological change and regulatory pressure. The regulations, known as Mifid II—a revamped version of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive—require fund managers to pay for stock research separately from trading commissions.