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Subject:  Bond Brokers to Find Inventory? Date:  12/2/2009  7:28 PM
Author:  persistentone Number:  29288 of 36473

Does anyone know of small bond traders that would for some fixed amount - or for something like 1/2 of 1% of a trade - help to locate bond inventory, that you could then identify for your broker to do the actual trade?

The problem I am running into is that unless you have a 250 bond order or higher, most brokers just don't have the time to call up dozens of desks looking for inventory for you. It can take weeks to get offered anything at all, let alone at a good price.

My feeling is that there must be industry insiders who have relationships with many different bond desks who could work those for you, as long as they get paid for their time. Assuming the trader finds the inventory, you can then pass on the contact information of the party that owns the bonds to your broker and hope that they are able to make a trade happen.

Does anyone whether such arrangements are common, and if yes what are some good candidates?
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