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People look at a stock index board outside a brokerage in Tokyo January 30, 2013.
People look at a stock index board outside a brokerage in Tokyo January 30, 2013.
(Toru Hanai/Reuters)

At last, a break in stock trading commission slump

After consecutive years of watching the pool of commissions shrink, portfolio managers expect to pay brokerages a little more this year. But for firms that have not invested in research, it may be hard to get a share of that increase.

The Canadian portfolio managers surveyed by Greenwich Associates said they expect the commission pool for brokerages to rise about 4 per cent in 2014, Greenwich consultant Jay Bennett said in an interview. That would come after two brutal years of double-digit percentage declines, and would provide a little stability.