In-depth - e-trading: Up and downs of IT

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Go back 30 years and most brokers wouldn’t even have had a PC in their office let alone access to an e-trade platform. But today, the ability to trade electronically has helped to foster considerable innovation in the broker space. The reliance on e-trade by brokers was only highlighted by the problems experienced by SSP users who were unable to work when the Pure platform suffered an outage.

Just how much broking has changed over this time is summed up by Graeme Trudgill, executive director of