By Ann Sebert, CEO
Since our establishment in 1977, CAPIS has built its business on delivering top-notch trade execution and commission management services. By concentrating our efforts in these areas, we’ve honed our talent, technology and client-centric approach to serve some of the most prominent institutional investors in the nation.
While our business has evolved over the years – adapting in the face of new market dynamics, widespread innovation and myriad regulatory changes – our commitment to our clients has never wavered. We strive to meet their precise needs, combining a vast array of offerings to help them reduce costs, improve cash flows and, ultimately, better serve their own clients. Since taking the helm as CEO in 2020, I’ve made it a priority to tell our story in a clear, compelling manner that gets to the heart of why we’re a different kind of broker. Complex as our business can be, we believe it all boils down to three values: trading excellence, transparency and trust.
We pride ourselves on the experience of our trading team, our ability to rapidly adapt to market conditions and our efforts to deliver the best results possible. We offer high-touch trading in global equities, fixed income, options, futures and FX, and we always encourage our traders to pursue the best execution venues and tools to seek out liquidity wherever it is. We take a compliance-driven approach to a wide range of offerings – outsourced and supplemental trading, program trading, portfolio trading – helping the asset managers, hedge funds, RIAs and bank trusts that comprise our client base realize success in the markets. Our team members average over 15 years of experience, and we scrupulously avoid conflicts of interest.
Along those same lines, we strive for crystal-clear transparency in everything we do. Our clients know exactly who is managing their orders and how they are being executed. Our outsourced trading offering, for example, is highly consultative, with our clients identifying their strategies and goals while working with a single point of contact who will manage the relationship on an ongoing basis. Continual, open communication provides a complete picture of commission spend, TCA and more. Furthermore, as an independently owned firm offering no proprietary research and lacking any affiliated venues, sector layers or proprietary trading layers, clients big and small can rest easy knowing that their trading is in good hands. We have nothing to hide.
Then there’s the trust factor. We’ve been in business for nearly 50 years, and in that time, we’ve developed longstanding relationships and a reputation for putting our clients first. Whether it’s a large asset manager or a recently launched fund, we take the time to learn the ins and outs of their business and their unique challenges. Our agency model is among the cleanest in the industry, giving our clients peace of mind so they can focus on what they do best: managing assets and nurturing client relationships.
The Road Ahead
All of these values have been part of the CAPIS foundation from the day we launched, and they will remain our north star as we continue to grow. We could spend hours talking through specific examples of how each one defines our business, but I also encourage you to do your own research, set up a call to learn more and, in time, experience the difference for yourself.
To that end, I invite you to explore our newly refreshed website homepage, which emphasizes our core values and provides a full breakdown of our service offerings. Above all, it reaffirms our commitment to trading excellence, transparency and trust, all with a distinctly human touch.
We hope you’ll stay tuned for upcoming company announcements, research briefs and insights from our team on today’s trading landscape. If you’d like to learn more about CAPIS’ solutions or are interested in starting your journey with us, drop us a line.