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A letter from Rick

MarketAxess teams have come to work every day for nearly two decades with a clear purpose: To use our technology and vast electronic network to make the global credit markets meet the needs of the companies, institutions and individuals who depend on them.

That’s important work for many reasons. Three times larger than the global equities market, the US$100 trillion-plus global credit market plays a leading role in fueling economic growth worldwide. In that sense, it touches all our lives in some way. Companies turn to the credit markets to finance expansions that create jobs and to fund development of innovative products. Individuals and their families rely on the credit markets to invest their retirement savings and achieve other financial goals, such as buying a home or funding an education.

Our job at MarketAxess is to apply our knowledge and technology to reducing friction and bottlenecks in this vital, complex market. Our network makes it possible for capital to move in, out and around a vast global market faster, cheaper and more safely. We open the way for managers of mutual funds, ETFs and pension funds to trade when, where and how they choose at competitive prices. This means their clients – individuals, families and organizations – can over time retain more return on their investments and have more confidence in their ability to access their savings and capital when they need them.

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Our growing role in global capital markets brings with it the obligation to be a responsible corporate citizen. The MarketAxess vision of corporate citizenship has four pillars:

  • Continuing our commitment to high standards of governance. The true character of a company is demonstrated through the integrity and sense of fairness it brings to the management of its business every day. We strive to make sure that MarketAxess takes into account the interests of all our stakeholders – clients, employees, investors and business partners.
  • Helping communities become more resilient. Our responsibilities extend beyond our business to the world’s communities. We focus on supporting projects that promote access to economic opportunity, education and housing. Encouraging our volunteer activities for everyone at MarketAxess, as well as offering financial support to select non-profit organizations, are important parts of our community engagement.
  • Achieving diversity, equity and inclusion in our workforce. We’re committed to making substantial progress in how we recognize and value the experiences that make each of us unique, from our recruitment processes to each employee’s daily work. MarketAxess recognizes that we can always do more to make our company a rewarding place to work for all.
  • Adopting sound sustainability practices across our business operations. Climate change and safeguarding the environment are critical issues for every business. As a global electronic trading network, our environmental impact is primarily in our facilities and energy usage. That’s why we’re taking a disciplined look at our operations’ impact on energy consumption and conservation, water use, GHG emissions, and waste, including minimizing plastic and facilitating recycling.

The importance of these four pillars can be seen in the capital markets we serve every day, where sustainability principles are playing an ever more influential role in investment decisions.At MarketAxess, we’re working hard every day to make our company a positive force, not only in global markets, but in our communities as well.

Rick McVey

Chairman and CEO

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How MarketAxess defines sustainability

Sustainability is a business’ ongoing commitment to advance economic prosperity while appreciating and improving the world in which it operates.

MarketAxess recognizes its responsibility as a global corporate citizen to positively impact our employees, customers, environment and communities through demonstrating our commitment to sustainability.  

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