Culture is one of the most important corporate assets—and not found on a company balance sheet.
At MarketAxess, our culture is the driving power underlying most everything we do. With input, collaboration, and co-creation from our people, we work hard to ensure our culture flourishes. This work is summed up in 10 Culture Principles that guide our path, entitled We Are MarketAxess.
When we collaborate with partners, co-workers and clients from different backgrounds, experiences, and cultures, magic happens. That’s diversity at work. That’s collective intelligence at work. That’s how we build trust. And that’s how we win.
Reinventing the way markets work to create more opportunity for all is our collective goal. We think beyond today’s reality and strive to be better at what we do. We look at things from different angles and constantly challenge the status quo. That’s how we give creativity oxygen.
We are transparent
Markets need transparency to thrive. And so does innovation. But it doesn’t just happen. We make it happen. By being open and authentic. And by holding ourselves accountable. Perfection isn’t always possible, but integrity is.
We are tenacious
Improving how the world’s markets work is incredibly rewarding. But it takes relentless perseverance. That’s why we keep striving for the right answers, not just the obvious ones. That spirit shows up in the bold pursuit of taking on our clients’ toughest challenges. We roll up our sleeves and get it done.
We are agile
Progress doesn’t happen in a straight line. It has ups and downs, zigs and zags. So we stay nimble and focused, ready to invent and reinvent solutions for our clients. We learn from our successes and our setbacks, as we keep moving on to the next challenge.
“In 2001, a year after we began, there were 70 startup fixed income e-trading venues. That was the peak of the dot.com boom,” recalls Rick McVey, founder and CEO. Seventeen years—including a dot.com bust and global credit crisis—later, MarketAxess is the leading electronic trading platform for institutional investors and dealers around the world.
The journey to the top has never been inevitable, but has always been focused on Rick’s single objective, “improving transparency, efficiency, and competition in the marketplace.”
Looking back, our success lies in the deep understanding of institutional markets and the desire for constant improvement. The proof of that success is having more investors and dealers around the world using our platform than any other on the planet.
Though change is inevitable, innovations must benefit all participants. As Rick says, "It's never been about disruption for disruption's sake. It's about creating a better marketplace."